Susan Abulhawa

in conversation with Gillian Slovo

Sun 16 July 2017, 5.30pm
British Library

Literature ·

Susan Abulhawa (top, photo: Chase Burkett) and Gillian Slovo (below)

Susan Abulhawa (top, photo: Chase Burkett) and Gillian Slovo (below)


Sun 16 July 2017, 5.30 – 7pm
Shubbak at the British Library


Single event ticket: £8 / £6 concs
One day: £16 / £14 concs
Both days: £24 / £22 concs
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Palestinian-American novelist Susan Abulhawa is one of the most commercially successful Arab authors of all time.

Her 2010 debut novel Mornings in Jenin, a multigenerational family epic spanning five countries and more than sixty years, looks unflinchingly at the Palestinian question – and became an international bestseller translated into thirty-two languages. In 2015 The Blue Between Sky and Water, a novel of family, love and loss centred on Gaza, also met a vast global readership and huge critical acclaim from across both the mainstream and literary media. Her powerful, political and romantic fiction is written in English, yet it is deeply rooted in the land and language of her ancestors. Her work has earned her The Leeway Foundation Edna Andrade award for fiction and creative non-fiction, USA Book News Best Books Award for Historic Fiction, MEMO Palestine Book Award and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award and she is the founder of the charity Playgrounds for Palestine.

Susan Abulhawa will read from her books and discuss her themes and her craft – from the historically specific and the politically engaged to the timeless and the universal.

In this special appearance, Susan Abulhawa is hosted by South Africa born British novelist, playwright and memoirist Gillian Slovo, recipient of the 2013 Golden Pen Award for a lifetime’s distinguished service to literature. Gillian Slovo is the author of thirteen novels including her Orange Prize shortlisted Ice Road and Red Dust, which was made into a film starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Her family memoir, Every Secret Thing was a world wide bestseller. Her previous verbatim plays are The Riots which played at the Tricycle Theatre and the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Guantanamo – Honor Bound to Defend Freedom (with Victoria Britain) which started at the Tricycle before moving to the West End as well as playing internationally, the verbatim inserts for the Tricycle Theatre’s Women, Power and Politics season, and Another World: Losing our Children to Islamic State which played at the National Theatre in 2016. Her latest novel, Ten Days, was published by Canongate in March 2016 and she is currently working on her fourth verbatim play.


“Susan Abulhawa guides us through traumatic events with anger and great tenderness too, creating unforgettable images” –  Michael Palin

“A story that needs telling, and should be read” – Daily Mail

Shubbak at the British Library is presented in partnership with the British Library with additional support from the British Council, The International Prize for Arabic Fiction, Al Mawred Al Thaqafy, The British Institute for the Study of Iraq, Modern Poetry in Translation, Words Without Borders and the Institut français du Royaume-Uni.

Shubbak at the British Library

Part of Shubbak at the British Library – two days of inspirational Arab literature, including talks, panel discussions and workshops.
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