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Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense

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Kensington Central Library

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Join award-winning Canadian writer Marcello Di Cintio in conversation with British-Palestinian novelist Selma Dabbagh at Kensington Central Library.

This is the opening event of Di Cintio’s UK tour to celebrate the publication of Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense (Saqi Books, May 2018).

In 2012 Marcello Di Cintio accepted the position of writer-in-residence with the Palestine Writing Workshop. Di Cintio had long been looking for a ‘way in’ to Palestine, a starting point other than politics and struggle.

Wherever he visited, Di Cintio found a story. Stories of how revolutionary writing was smuggled from the Naqab Prison; stories from the Gallery Café, whose opening three thousand creatives and intellectuals gathered to celebrate; and the lost generations of stories contained within the books that are held in Israel’s National Library.

Inspired by these many conversations and subsequent investigations with writers, book lovers and Palestine’s literati, Pay No Heed to the Rockets celebrates Palestine through the lens of literature.


About the speaker:

Marcello Di Cintio is an award-winning Canadian writer who has lived in West Africa, North Africa, India and the Middle East. He is the author of three books including Walls: Travels Along the Barricades, which won the 2013 Shaugnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the City of Calgary WO Mitchell Book Prize.

Selma Dabbagh is a British-Palestinian novelist, blogger, journalist and reviewer. Her debut novel, Out of It, which follows a family’s experience of besieged Gaza, was nominated for the Guardian Book of the Year in both 2011 and 2012.

There will the opportunity to ask questions following the event. An exclusive number of copies of Pay No Heed to the Rockets will be available to purchase on the night at the reduced price of £7, signed by the author.

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