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‘REFUSE TO BE ERASED’: Launching the FOLK issue of ArabLit Quarterly

January 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Guest editor Ali Al-Jamri will host “Refuse to be erased: Readings and conversation from ALQ FOLK issue.”

Join us as we celebrate the publication of ArabLit Quarterly: FOLK, the latest issue from ALQ. The double-issue features essays, prose and poetry in translation from across the Arab World. The biggest issue of ALQ yet features pre-Islamic myths of the women of Al-Yamama, journeys through Bahraini village folklore and history, memories of Makkan children songs, love poetry from Mamluk Cairo and queerplatonic retellings of a Palestinian folkstory.

The issue, the latest from ArabLit, is a celebration of stories and poetry that are oral, anti-professional, transgressive, strange, and fantastical. In it, the ordinary and extraordinary people at the margins, as Alaa Murad writes, “refuse to be erased.”

Join us to hear from Zainab Almahdi, Eman Quotah, Alaa Murad, and more as we read excerpts of poetry, prose and essays and discuss how these folk stories and songs, both old and now, form a whole tapestry.

Watching the Event

The event will broadcast out to our YouTube channel, where you can join. After registration, a YouTube link will be sent by email on the day, and placed on this page.

The event is free to attend. ArabLit Quarterly is a small operation, and every bit helps. Please support us by purchasing a copy or subscription of ArabLit Quarterly.

Find Out More

You can read the introduction to FOLK by editors M Lynx Qualey and Ali Al-Jamri.

Read one of the short stories in the issue, Yahia Al-Tahir Abdullah’s “Death in Three Portraits”, translated by Salma Harland.

You can purchase a copy of FOLK to read along on the evening from Gumroad. Physical and digital options are both available.


January 22
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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