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.”
“He is the second invited participant to the festival to be denied entry after poet Inua Ellams was denied a visa by the Israeli embassy in London.”
“…South African-Australian Nobel laureate J.M. Coetzee, noted Syrian-Palestinian poet Ghayath Al Madhoun, architect-writer-scholar Mohamed Elshahed, Irish novelist Colum McCann, and many others…”
“I attempted to return on Wednesday to attend the Palestine Literature Festival where I was due to speak and present my film.”
The 2015 Palestine Festival of Literature, which opens this year on May 23, recently announced its participating authors and their schedule, which includes events in six cities.
Fatin Abdal-Sabur attended the final event of this year’s Palestine Festival of Literature. She reflects on this and the previous fest.
This week, the 2014 Palestine Festival of Literature announced its full lineup and schedule. Events are set to be held in six cities with the inclusion of such luminaries of world literature as Teju Cole, Michael Ondaatje, Kamila Shamsie, and Najwan Darwish.
Keep Your Eye on the Wall, ed. Olivia Snaije and Mitch Albert, is less a coffee-table collection, and more — because of its accordion-style binding — a book to transect the floor of your living space, much like the Separation Walls that keep Palestinians apart from Palestinians, from Israelis, from the world, and often from their own land.
It is difficult to write anything after yesterday’s events in Cairo. But if you’re in London, PalFest alumnus and playwright Omar El-Khairy’s “Keepers of Infinite Space” is now open at the Park Theatre
On Saturday Octoer 19, starting at 3 p.m., the Boston Palestine Film Festival will present “Palestinian Narratives Across Genres,” featuring short films, readings by novelist and poet Susan Abulhawa, and a roundtable on Palestinian narrative.
At the usual sort of literary festival, a visiting author appears briefly and does a public reading, Jeremy Harding said on PalFest’s final night in Ramallah. After that, the author either goes back to his hotel room or wanders around the host city.
But the Palestine Festival of Literature is different, Harding said.
Oud player Basel Zayed has translated two poems by Mahmoud Darwish, five or six by Najwan Darwish, and “a lot of 3ameya” poetry into music. In a Ramallah cafe on PalFest’s last night, he talked about the process.