Sonia Lambert discusses the experiences of a group of Jewish refugees to Britain in 1940 ─ stories which inspired both her historical novel Sea Air and her PhD. These men could be described as the unluckiest (or perhaps the luckiest) group of internees. They were held in British camps before being deported by ship in 1940, and survived the sinking of the Arandora Star, only to be deported again on the infamous Dunera, to a camp in Australia. Lambert will read an extract from her work and talk about the sources she used, and the ways in which the experiences of the internees resonate today.

Sonia Lambert’s first novel Three Mothers was published by Piatkus in 2008, and she has written for BBC Radio 4 and The Guardian. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, and a PhD from Goldsmiths University of London. She currently works at the Refugee Council.

This seminar will be held online via Zoom. Participation is free and all are welcome to attend. Advance online registration is essential; booking closes 22 March 2022.

Illustration by Alfred Lomnitz, by kind permission of the Lansdale family.