Join two Kurdish writers who have harnessed language as a vehicle for freedom, and literature as a weapon against oppression. Ava Homa was raised on Rumi and Emily Dickinson at the border between Iran and Iraq, and is now in exile in North America. Her debut novel Daughters of Smoke and Fire, the first novel published by a female Kurdish writer in English, illuminates the brutal and extraordinary lives of the Kurds in Iran. It is a haunting homage to the strength of women in the face of great pain. Live at the Faraway Near, Homa speaks with New Zealand’s own great Kurdish writer-in-exile, Behrouz Boochani.