"Being a refugee is a dream come true" - preview of London Podcast Festival live recording with Syrian comic Abdulwahab Tahhan
Did you know that there's a Freelance Pod live event at the London Podcast Festival in September? Yup, alongside big hitters like The Guilty Feminist, Have You Heard George's Podcast and The Allusionist, Freelance Pod is going to have its first live event, and you can be part of the audience! Click this link for more information, and to buy tickets for under a tenner.
This episode is a little introduction to the live event guest, Abdulwahab Tahhan. Abdul came to London from Syria as a refugee in 2012, taking a long and tough journey through Turkey. He's now a stand-up - warming up crowds for comedy legends like Romesh Ranganathan - as well as working towards his PhD, writing for The Guardian and developing a podcast to let other refugees tell their stories of settling into British life.
There was a time when Abdul was new to the UK and applied for 100 journalism jobs, without any luck. In 2015, he joined The Refugee Journalism Project's one-year scheme, which transformed his professional life. The workshops and networking helped him get a job as a researcher with the NGO Airwars, and paved the way towards all the exciting things he's doing today.
If you like what you hear on this episode, join Abdul and Freelance Pod host Suchandrika Chakrabarti for the live recording at Kings Place in September!
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