Sun 16 July 2017, 1.30 – 2.45pm
Shubbak at the British Library
Single event ticket: £8 / £6 concs
One day: £16 / £14 concs
Both days: £24 / £22 concs
Tickets will go on sale through the British Library website on June 1st
96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB
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1 July 2017
Words Without Borders publish newly translated works from a selection of groundbreaking festival artists
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 continuum from nightmare present realism to dystopian futurism will read from and discuss their brave work and its troubling context.
Basma Abdel Aziz is an award-winning writer, sculptor, and psychiatrist specialising in the treatment of victims of torture. A long-standing human rights activist in Egypt, she is the author of several works of non-fiction. In 2016 she was named one of Foreign Policy’s Leading Global Thinkers for her debut novel, The Queue, translated by Elisabeth Jaquette.
Ganzeer is a maker of installations, prints, paintings, videos, objects, guerrilla actions in public spaces, and comix. Like Basma Abdel Aziz, he was named a Foreign Policy Leading Global Thinker in 2016 for his current project, a graphic novel entitled The Solar Grid. Art in America Magazine has referred to his practice as “New Realism.”
Mohammad Rabie’s first novel, Amber Planet, won First Prize in the Emerging Writers category of the Sawiris Cultural Award Competition in 2011. Otared, his third novel, was published in Arabic in early 2015 to much critical attention and appeared in English in 2016, having been shortlisted for the 2016 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
Shubbak Literary Collaboration
Words Without Borders Publication
Shubbak is collaborating with leading international literature publications to publish new works from a selection of groundbreaking festival artists. Digital magazine Words Without Borders will publish newly translated works including political nonfiction from Egyptian Basma Abdel Aziz; an extract of Nadia Alkokabany’s new novel about the Yemeni revolution; an extract of Mohamed Abdelnabi’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction-shortlisted gay Egyptian novel; and a short play by seminal Libyan playwright Mansour Bushnaf. This special feature will go live on 1 July 2017 on both shubbak.co.uk and wordswithoutborders.org.