San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Three individual but intertwined stories in which Beirut residents try to manage their love lives and desires without breaking any of their religious rules. Awatef, middle aged mum of two girls, is recruiting a second wife to help her satisfy her overly loving husband – will she live to regret her decision? The young and excessively jealous Mokhtar needs to find his ex-wife another man to marry so he will be able to marry her again - for the 4th time. Loubna, freshly divorced and being judged from all sides of society, can finally marry her true love, or will she go and join her brother in Australia instead?
A morning of recitals and discourse with poets putting pen to paper in exiled lands.
Organised by Jane Lewisohn and Roya Arab in partnership with Exiled Writer's Ink.
About the Poets
Fatemeh Shams is a Persian poet, translator and literary scholar. With her PhD from SOAS, she teaches Persian literature and language in UK universities, and has a professorship in the US. She is the recipient of the 2012 Jaleh Esfahani best young Persian poet award.
Ghareeb Iskander was born in Iraq and studied Arabic literature at the University of Baghdad. Currently undertaking a PhD in poetry translation at SOAS, Ghareeb was the featured writer of Scottish Pen 2014.
Nazand Begikhani is a Kurdish writer, poet and academic researcher with over 20 years of experience in writing and advocacy for human rights, and has garnered international awards for her poetry.
Jennifer Langer is a poet, editor and founder director of Exiled Writer's Ink, working extensively with MENA poets.
When & Where
Nour Festival of Arts 2016
Shining light on the best of contemporary art and culture from the Middle East and North Africa in venues across Kensington and Chelsea each October and November. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, engaging and entertaining, enjoy exploring Nour Festival 2016