Songs of a War Boy

Presented by Lismore Library

Deng Thiak Adut | Songs of a War Boy

Presented by Lismore Library

Thursday 12 October 2017


FREE EVENT - Please RSVP Lismore Library

Theatre, Lismore City Hall


Defence lawyer, refugee advocate and 2017 NSW Australian of the Year, Deng Thiak Adut has gone from child soldier in South Sudan to owning a law firm with multiple offices across Sydney. 

In Songs of a War Boy written with Ben Mckelvey Deng tells how his family were farmers in South Sudan when a brutal civil war altered his life forever. At six years old, his mother was told she had to give him up to fight. At the age most Australian children are starting school, Deng was conscripted into the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. He began a harsh, relentless military training that saw this young boy trained to use an AK-47 and sent into battle. He lost the right to be a child and the right to learn.

Songs of a War Boy is an inspiring story of a man who has overcome deadly adversity to become a lawyer and committed worker for the disenfranchised.


This is a FREE Event.

Bookings: Contact Lismore Library on 02 6621 2464 to RSVP for the Event


Duration | 2hrs


Our licensed bar will be open from 6pm, and also during and after the show. Drinks purchased from the bar are permitted inside the theatre. Sorry, no BYO.