On Monday evening, the PalFest of the South — in Gaza — held their closing-night event at the restored Dar al-Basha house. Meanwhile, the PalFest of the North held its second literary evening in the garden of the British Council in Jerusalem.
Many of the spaces that the PalFest’s northern group traveled through on Sunday — from Ramallah to Birzeit to Jerusalem — were mute. Some were narrativized only by half-thoughts such as KEEP THE TERMINAL CLEAN and HAVE A SAFE AND PLEASANT STAY signs, which book-end Qalandiya’s cattle-prod checkpoint.
The six-city festival opened in Gaza on Friday (after a group drove up from Cairo) and in Ramallah on Saturday night (after a second group crossed the Allenby Bridge from Jordan).
Today, the 2013 Palestine Festival of Literature begins. Hopefully by later this afternoon, or at least by evening, posts will start to arrive. In the meantime, this week on Poetry Foundation, Alex Dueben has a very interesting interview with (Palestinian) poet-translator Fady Joudah.
This year’s Palestine Festival of Literature will split into two separate groups. The larger group will go to Ramallah, Jerusalem, Haifa, Nablus, and Birzeit while the smaller group — which includes writers Ali Abunimah, Nora Younis, Susan Abulhawa, and Lina Attalah — will go to Gaza.
This will be playwright Omar El-Khairy’s first trip with the Palestine Festival of Literature. His most recent theater production, “Sour Lips,” was reviewed on ArabLit earlier this year; he’s also a filmmaker, at work on “Tunnels,” a “somewhat Beckettian film about a young boy from Gaza who meets an old man at a bus stop in this suspended world – somewhere between Gaza and London.” ArabLit & Omar El-Khairy had a brief email interview.
In the approach to Palestine Festival of Literature, we’ll be running a few preview-interviews with the authors traveling along for this year’s six-city festival. Among them is award-winning UK poet Tom Warner. This is his first time with PalFest.
This year’s Palestine Festival of Literature, popularly known as PalFest, will take place in six cities across historic Palestine from May 23 to 30.
According to his publisher, beloved Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe has died. He was 82. Palestine Festival for Literature organizers shared this video message Achebe recorded for the 2008 festival: Also, in a 2010 interview with Conjunctions, Achebe talked about teaching African… Read More ›
Thanks to Nora Lester Murad for passing this on: The Palestine Writing Workshop, in partnership with the Palestine Festival of Literature and Dar Zahran, is organizing a panel discussion on “Writing in Times of Siege” with writers Githa Hariharan and Najwan… Read More ›
@Palfest sent out this video of the Gaza creative-writing workshops that were held this past May in partnership with @reachouttoasia. Translator Nariman Youssef (@nariology) says in the short film that, after the workshops, “their voices started coming through for real.” And one… Read More ›