A recipient of English PEN’s Outstanding Writing in Translation Award for 2013, Writing Revolution is out now.
From Cairo to Damascus and from Tunisia to Bahrain, Writing Revolution, edited by Layla Al-Zubaidi and Matthew Cassel, brings together some of the most exciting new writing born out of revolution in the Arab world. A remarkable collection of testimony, the book is entirely composed by participants in, and witnesses to, the profound changes shaking their region.
Situated between past, present and future – in a space where the personal and the political collide – these voices are part of an ongoing process, one that is at once hopeful and heartbreaking. Unique amongst material emanating from and about the convulsions in the Arab Middle East, these creative and original writers speak of history, determination and struggle, as well as of political and poetic engagement with questions of identity and activism.
Greetings to the Dawn (Tunisia) by Malek Sghiri // Cairo, City in Waiting (Egypt) by Yasmine El Rashidi // Bayou and Laila (Libya) by Mohamed Mesrati // We Are Not Swallows (Algeria) by Ghania Mouffok // The Resistance: Armed with Words (Yemen) by Jamal Jubran // Coming Down from the Tower (Bahrain) by Ali Aldairy // Wishful Thinking (Saudi Arabia) by Safa Al Ahmad // Diary of an Unfinished Revolution (Syria) by Khawla Dunia
Monday 27th May: Guardian Hay Festival, 2.30pm
Tuesday 28th May: Frontline Club, 7.00pm
Wednesday 29th May: Mosaic Rooms, 7.00pm
Thursday 30th May: Oxford Student PEN, 5-7.00pm
Fri 28th June, The Rich Mix, Shubbak Festival, 7.00pm
More details about the book, including readings and a Q+A with Mohammed Mesrati, are available here.