Catherine Bruton

No Ballet Shoes in Syria

Online Event
Fri 2 Oct
21:00 UK
Free, ticketed

Classic storytelling filled with warmth, hope and humanity, Bruton’s beautiful and captivating writing sets out an important message championing the rights of refugees.

Award-winning Catherine Bruton discusses her latest novel, No Ballet Shoes in Syria, and the refugee crisis. Eleven-year-old Aya has just arrived in Britain with her mum and baby brother, seeking asylum from war in Syria. When Aya stumbles across a local ballet class, the dance teacher spots her talent and earmarks her for a ballet scholarship. But Aya has other priorities: her family must fight to stay in the country, make a new home, and find Aya’s missing father. 

A moving, textured story… Ballet Shoes for the 21st century,” The Times  

Catherine Bruton studied English at Oxford University and juggles life as a teacher, author and parent. Her books tackle some of the biggest issues facing young people today in ways that are heart-breaking, often hilarious, but invariably hopeful.


How do online events work?

Adults & young people

Unless otherwise indicated, you can watch events on our website homepage (or on the event page in the programme), or on our YouTube channel. We'll send you further information nearer the time.

During the event, you can ask a question by using the box on the homepage, or in the chat box on YouTube (you'll need a google account for the latter).


Children

Unless otherwise indicated, Children's events will be streaming to the Big Wig Facebook page.


If the event is free do I need to sign up?

No. You can go to our website or YouTube channel and watch most events without registering. However, it’s still worth signing up as you will be sent a link to the event and a reminder 30 minutes beforehand.

Further information and FAQs


Catch up

Many of the events will be available on catch up.


Buy the book

Browse our festival bookshop, which has titles from nearly every event in the programme.