If you ever wanted to experience Arabic and Arab-diaspora poetry, London’s Poetry International—at the Southbank Centre the beginning of this November—is the place to do it.
I thought I’d be pushing it a little far to follow with any more letters from the alphabet: (El Mansura, Fallujah, Gaza…umm….)
The giant International Literature Festival Berlin (ILB) creaks underway tomorrow. The megafest will feature at least three Arabic-language authors: Libyan poet Ghazi Gheblawi, Iraqi writer Hassan Blasim (Madman of Freedom Square), and Egyptian Ghada Mohamed Mahmoud (Ama Hazihi Fa Raqsati Ana).
Beirut’s “Mohtaref – How to write a novel,” run by novelist Najwa Barakat, has begun accepting applications for their second novel-writing course. Applications will be accepted from all Arab countries (and presumably beyond). This isn’t just any novel-writing course. The… Read More ›
An un-missable literary event is taking place in London this weekend: the World Literature Weekend. The event I most regret not attending is the translators’ smackdown between Sarah Ardizzone and Frank Wyne, both of whom have translated a short story… Read More ›
Yes, and this time I really mean “London,” and not towns farther afield. Dash Arts recently launched something called the Dash Arabic Series, which is says includes “major commissions by artists from across the Arabic-speaking world and a wider programme of free events at… Read More ›
I’ll be there, insha’allah.
CAIRO I think tonight, June 11, I’m going to the signing of Khaled al-Berry’s new novel (I have strongly recommended his memoir, Life is More Beautiful Than Paradise). I don’t see anything about it on Kotob Khan’s website—where the signing… Read More ›
Don’t forget that children who read (especially in Arabic!) are smarter, prettier, happier, and all-around nicer than those who don’t. Or, well, at least smarter. Other venues that have children’s book events are: Bookspot on Road 9 in Ma’adi, Diwan… Read More ›