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Twelve Panels Press

About the book

Still Alive: Notes from Australia's immigration detention system by Safdar Ahmed, Twelve Panels Press

In early 2011, Safdar Ahmed visited Sydney's Villawood Immigration Detention Centre for the first time. He brought pencils and sketchbooks into the centre and started drawing with the people detained there. Their stories are told in this book.

Interweaving journalism, history and autobiography, 'Still Alive' is an intensely personal indictment of Australia's refugee detention policies and procedures. It is also a searching reflection on the redemptive power of art. And death metal.