Book Presentation & Panel Discussion with Charlotte McDonald-Gibson, author of ‘Cast Away: Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis’

Vesalius College is pleased to invite you to the book presentation and panel discussion with Charlotte McDonald-Gibson, author of the book ‘Cast Away: Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis.’ The event is open to students from Vesalius, the Institute for European Studies and the general public and it will be followed by a light reception.

  • Date: Monday, April 24th
  • Time: 6 pm
  • Place: “The Hague” room, Vesalius College (Brussels)




Charlotte McDonald-Gibson’s Cast Away: Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis reports the first-person survivor testimonies of five refugees who reached Europe’s shore since 2011. By looking at the refugee crisis through the eyes of those who became refugees, following their individual stories, hopes, fears, decisions, the book represents an attempt to rehumanize the thousands of men, women and children who reach Europe every day. This account of the crisis from within also provides a lucid commentary on Europe’s mismanaged response to one of the largest humanitarian crisis of our time.

Critically acclaimed Cast Away has been nominated for four awards, including the New York Public Library’s prestigious Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. Included in The Guardian’s must-read list for 2016, the book has been described as “a remarkably well documented and vivid account and a call for moral clarity” by the UN Special Rapporteur for Migrants Francois Crépeau. Cast Away has been called also “gripping” (The Irish Times), “deeply moving” (The Guardian) and “riveting” (The Oprah Magazine).


Charlotte McDonald-Gibson is a Brussels-based journalist covering the EU and general European news for The Independent, TIME, Monocle magazine and other.


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