Author, activist and community worker Mark Isaacs is visiting the Great Lakes next week to share his stories and present his new book, The Kabul Peace House.
In 2017 Mark went to Afghanistan and explored the streets of Kabul, where day-to-day life involves terror and extreme danger.
Yet here, in one of the most war-torn, violent countries in the world, he found a community of brave and inspiring young peace activists.
They shared their stories of trauma and loss and their dreams for a future Afghanistan as a place of peaceful coexistence, a nation without violence and war that embraces the values of peace and humanity.
Mark also will visit Wingham the same week.
"Mark came to Wingham for our Christmas4Refugees event in 2015 soon after his first book, The Undesirables, was published," Manning Rural Australians for Refugees member, Lesley Bond said.
"He had worked on Nauru and revealed inside stories about the detention centre there.
"He's a man of enormous integrity, an inspiring speaker."
His previous books, The Undesirables and Nauru Burning, presented his first-hand experiences and research on asylum seekers detained in Nauru.
Copies of The Kabul Peace House will be for sale on the night.
Mark will speak in the MidCoast Council committee room, 4 Breese Parade, Forster on Wednesday, September 11 from 6.30-8pm.
He will talk in the Queen Street Hall, Wingham the following day, Thursday, September 12 at 7pm.