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A Sudanese Celebration of Sarah Maguire (1957-2017), Founder of the Poetry Translation Centre in London

“Sarah’s commitment to translation of poets from southern nations began when she was sent by the British Council in 1996 to Palestine.  Through engagement with poets around the world, she developed the determination to fight the notion of ‘otherness’.  Sarah chaired the workshops in the same inclusive spirit, and taught me much, and not only about translation.”

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‘Limbo Beirut’: A Don’t-miss Illustrated Novel of Contemporary Limbos, Beiruts

“Limbo Beirut″ is a demand that the reader ″balance in the uneasy space between being a voyeur and a participant, gratifying our desire to get inside the head of that stranger we meet on the street…but on the other hand surprising us with the fact that you can never just be a witness, that you′re always going to somehow become involved in the other′s life, whether you mean to or not.″

Queerness in Khaled Khalifa’s ‘No Knives in the Kitchens of This City’

“There is no shortage of varieties of shame: of body, of one’s sexuality or lack of sexuality, of modest or immodest dress, of impoverished dress, of ugliness, of age, of illness, of disability, of vanity, of religion, of doubting one’s religion, of being complicit with the regime, of Syrianness, of having no ‘important’ family roots, of people who talk incessantly about their roots.”