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

Susan Abulhawa

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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…
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Comics and Cartoon Art From the Arab World

Comics & Cartoon Art From the Arab World

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Explore the art, history and significance of Arab comics, cartoons, caricatures and graphic novels through original examples taken from the British Library’s collections. From 19th century Egyptian satirical press, to mid-20th century children’s comics and contemporary graphic novels discover this vibrant visual archive that illustrates and engages issues concerning everyday…
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Najwa Benshatwan (left) and Nadia Al-Kokabany (right)

Under the Radar

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In a global literary market where even the major writers from the best known Arab literary countries – Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon – are not very widely read and translated, how does it feel to be a woman author from Yemen, or Libya? What is it like to write fiction from…
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(clockwise from left) Basma Abdel Aziz, Mohammad Rabie and Ganzeer

The Waking Nightmare

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Six years after the revolution and in the current climate of suppressed dreams, a new wave of Egyptian writers and artists are blending horror, realism and black humour to reflect on this painful phase of their nation’s history. Hosted by celebrated literary translator Elisabeth Jaquette, three Egyptians working in the…
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(clockwise from top left) Dunya Mikhail (photo: Cary Loren), Golan Haji, Mona Kareem and Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi (photo: Crispin Hughes)

Keepers of the Flame

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Celebrated British poet and multi-disciplinary artist Malika Booker returns to Shubbak to welcome four mesmerising poets for bilingual performances of their work. Join us for a celebration of the work of this diverse group of poets keeping the fragile flame of poetry alive in 2017. Iraqi-American Dunya Mikhail is the…
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Rasha Abbas

Rasha Abbas

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Syrian journalist and author Rasha Abbas has undertaken a month long creative residency commissioned by Shubbak and the British Library, where she focused on the period of the Arab Union, as part of the research for a planned historical novel. This short-lived union between Syria and Egypt from 1958 to…
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Sabrina Mahfouz. Photo: Eliza Power

Weaving a magic carpet of poems

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Come and join poet Sabrina Mahfouz for a lively, fun and interactive children’s poetry workshops. Learn to weave your everyday experiences into the fabric of Arab folk tales and produce your own magic carpet of poetry! Saturday 15 July 2.30-3.30pm Free event for children over the age of 6, accompanied…
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A New Confidence

A new confidence

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LGBTQ characters and narratives have existed in the Arab literary sphere since medieval times. But recent years have seen a new confidence on the part of Arab artists writing queer narratives, with a wave of writers taking centre stage, embodying a multiplicity of identities and sexualities across apparent divisions of…
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(clockwise from left) Ghazi Gheblawi, Ali Badr and Mona Kareem.

Writing Against the Grain

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What do we mean by Arabic writing against the grain in 2017? What are the inspirations, and the challenges, for the engaged Arab writer today? How do the wider global context, regional events, national regimes, personal stories, and the myriad of other artistic influences shape their work? And what does…
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Shubbak at the British Library

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Two days of inspirational Arab literature at the British Library, including panel discussions, readings, interviews and workshops. Weekend, day and individual events tickets are all available from June 1st Writing Against the Grain Saturday 15 July, 12.30–1.45pm Ali Badr, Mansour Bushnaf and Mona Kareem explore urgent issues of current literary…
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