Category Archives: Literature/poetry/fiction

5 short novels about Palestine and Israel

If, on the 99th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, you’d like to read more fiction from Palestine and Israel in English, here are a few suggestions for readers short on time. The first two are particularly suitable for teenage readers … Continue reading

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Thanks to all our followers

A huge thank you to everyone who’s followed the blog and contacted me about it over the past year… And a huge apology for letting it languish all this time! It’s been a busy time as I’ve been off on … Continue reading

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Nour Festival of Arts, London, Oct – Nov 2013

There’s a great line-up of Arab and Middle Eastern cultural events at the Nour Festival this year, including some fascinating talks, exhibitions, gigs, dance performances, films and workshops. Plus, for the foodies: cuisine from Iraq and Qatar, and a chance … Continue reading

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And Other Stories Arabic reading group: London, New York and Cairo

UK independent publisher And Other Stories is hosting an Arabic reading group this autumn/winter, focussing on three Syrian novels recommended on the European Society of Authors’ Finnegan’s List, a list of under-translated, under-recognized works. And Other Stories has translated and … Continue reading

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إذا الشعب يومًا أراد الحياة If, one day, the people choose life

This poem is a very famous one by the early 20th century Tunisian poet Abu al-Qasim al-Shabbi which inspired so many of chants for freedom during Arab Spring protests in 2011-2012. Here’s a good article on Arablit blog about different … Continue reading

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PalFest 2012

Loads of great videos from PalFest in Gaza earlier this month on their website and youtube. Inspiring stuff.. PalFest Highlights Not sure why such an emphasis on Selma Debbagh speaking in English, but it’s a good overview of what was … Continue reading

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Palestine Festival of Literature

2 Arabic events in London this week in support of, and fundraising for, the Palestine Festival of Literature: >> Wednesday 14th March | This is Jerusalem: A Performance of Poetry and Music A unique opportunity to see Najwan Darwish and Basel … Continue reading

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