Mass migration has long been a feature of global society. It has intensified since the 20th century’s world wars, empire collapse and decolonisation. The largest migration in human history has been an internal one, in China, towards the industrial cities, while the United States, with over a million a year in the 1990s, has more immigrants than any other country in the world. Climate change and violent conflict will accelerate and diversify the movement of populations no longer contained by the asylum rules.

 In this WritersMosaic event, writers Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Amaal Said, and Olumide Popoola discuss mass migration in our time. The discussion is chaired by WritersMosaic Founding Editor Gabriel Gbadamosi.


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About The Speakers

black and white headshot of author Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera is the author of such critically acclaimed books as What If Latin America Ruled the World? and Story of a Death Foretold. The Coup Against Salvador Allende (Bloomsbury, 2013) was shortlisted for the 2014 Bread & Roses Award. His more recent works include In Defence of Armed/Art Struggle. He’s a Fellow of the RSA and teaches at Birkbeck College, University of London

Headshot of writer Olimide Popoola sat outside by some trees

Olumide Popoola

Olumide Popoola is a Nigerian-German writer. Her publications include essays, poetry, the novella this is not about sadness, the play Also by Mail, and the short story collection Breach, which she co- authored with Annie Holmes. Her critically acclaimed novel When We Speak of Nothing was published in 2017.


Amaal Said Headshot

Amaal Said

Amaal Said is a Danish-born Somali photographer, and poet, based in London. Her photographs have been featured in Vogue, The Guardian and The New York Times. She is concerned with storytelling and how best she can connect with people to document their stories. She won Wasafiri Magazine’s New Writing Prize for poetry in 2015. In 2017, she exhibited in Los Angeles, California. In 2018, her photography was featured in the fourth volume of African Lens and was exhibited in Accra, Ghana. She is a member of Octavia, poetry collective for womxn of colour, and is a former Barbican Young Poet. 

About The Chair

Dawn Cameron

Dawn Cameron is a programme coordinator who has worked on a range of projects in the arts, cultural and third sectors over many years. She is a regular chair of events. Dawn has a particular interest in working on projects which focus on socially engaged practice, issues of equality and social justice.