Launch - Prison Post: Letters of Support for Peter Greste
4th Sep '15 @ Berkelouw Paddington
The world was shocked when foreign correspondent Peter Greste was convicted in June 2014of reporting false news and endangering Egypt’s national security. Hours after learning of the verdict, the Greste family set up an email account for messages of support they could print out and take to Peter in prison. The trickle of emails that had begun with his arrest the previous December increased exponentially. Peter was staggered by the rangeand spirit of the notes.
“Whenever I find my resolve wavering; whenever I feel weak or angry or frustrated; whenever I lose sight of the ‘why’, I only need to dip into the huge pile of letters for the answer," he said. "You’ve all given us and our families enormous strength; and for that I am hugely grateful."
Now, readers will be moved by the emails just as Peter was. They can learn more about the award-winning journalist through the writings of friends and colleagues, and revisit the 400 days he spent in prison through the eyes of supporters. There are letters from names we recognize, like Wendy Harmer, Kaz Cooke, Tracey Spicer and Julie Bishop, and fromordinary women, men and children who hoped that stories from their everyday lives mightmake Peter's time in prison more bearable.
Profits from this book will assist the Foreign Prisoner Support Service.
Where: 19 Oxford Street, Paddington, 2021, Sydney, AU
When: Fri, 4th Sep
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
(02) 9360 3200