And yet now Al-Barghouti — who is something of a poet-celebrity, with a viral poem in 2011 and a major 2007 appearance on the Prince of Poets TV show — has his first collection of work in English.
The shortlist includes a YA novel and YA memoir as well as political and scholarly works.
The winner’s set to be announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on August 21.
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Nabhan was nominated for the prize on the strength of his semi-autobiographical 2013 novel L-Eżodu taċ-Ċikonji, or The Storks’ Exodus.
“Seven minutes before its natural end the play stopped. Its rhythm had been sped up, the performance turned into something resembling the dull recitation of a classical poem, or a school text learned by rote.”
In an email newsletter, PalFest organizers said: “PalFest is unable to get to Gaza because of Israel and Egypt’s ongoing siege of the Strip.”
Comma Press’s forthcoming anthology ‘Nakba + 100’ will — in the style of its ‘Iraq + 100’ anthology, feature “ten stories all set in the year 2048, a century after the ‘catastrophe’ now known as the ‘Nakba’.”
These poets, Foyle says, should represent “a diverse range of voices, both new and established, from the Occupied Territories, ’48 Palestinians, the diaspora and the refugee community. Some poets and translators will be invited to submit work; others will be selected through this open call.”
Interlink promises: “’The End of the Night,’ ‘It’s a Song,’ and ‘I Don’t Want this Poem to End’—three collections totaling about 80 poems, most translated into English for the first time.”
“His highly sensitive poetry is dedicated to the Palestinian cause, mixing themes of heroism with a deep recognition of the dangers and tribulations of the contemporary Palestinian experience.”
Novelist Sami Michael described his relationship with Kanafani’s book as “like love. You can’t explain why you fell in love with someone.”
The winners were announced by Palestinian writer Ghassan Zaqtan, one of last year’s three laureates.