merely a bridge between two cultures
but . . . a laboratory that illuminates the styles of modern Arabic writings” – Adonis
Complete Digital Archive of Banipal magazine issues now available
Almost exactly nineteen years after that day in February 1998 when Banipal No 1 was published, we announce the transformation of every issue, including the current Banipal 57 – Syria in the Heart, into a complete digital archive. All digital subscribers will have unlimited access, via our partner, the digital publishing specialist Exact Editions, to this unique archive for the duration of their subscriptions.
Banipal's Publisher and Editor-at-large Margaret Obank said: “I am over the moon that we are partnering with Exact Editions to launch the digital archive. The print copies are beautiful in themselves and full of gems, but less and less accessible, so this complete digital archive, with its splendid quality of reproduction, is the way to ensure these literary riches are permanently available to the new generations of readers. It is a brilliant start to Banipal’s 20th year of publication.”
For our full announcement of the digital archive launch click here
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Jonathan Wright wins 2016 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize
The 2015 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation is awarded to Jonathan Wright for his translation of the novel The Bamboo Stalk by Saud Alsanousi (pictured above with the book, published by Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press/BQFP). The judges called it "a 'page-turner' translation with a universal appeal". Jonathan Wright was commended last year for his translation of Land of No Rain, by Amjad Nasser, and in 2013 was joint winner of the prize for Azazeel by Youssef Ziedan.
• The Award Ceremony will be at the British Library on 22 February
• The Banipal Trust's celebration of the 2016 winner takes place on 23 February in Manchester at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, with the winner and his author in conversation with journalist Ben East. The evening will be introduced by award-winning British author Melvin Burgess.
• For full details on the Banipal Trust for Arab Literature site, click here
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Banipal wins Sheikh Hamad Achievement Award
Banipal magazine (Banipal Publishing) was honoured to receive one of the three Achievement Awards of the Sheikh Hamad Award for Translation and International Understanding, alongside Casa Arabe (Madrid & Cordoba, Spain) and the Ibn Tufayl Foundation of Almeria, Spain, at a Ceremony in Doha, Qatar on 13 December. For all information about all 13 winners of the awards, please visit http://www.hta.qa/en/winners-2016/. This wonderful and timely award comes as we prepare to celebrate our 20th year of publishing from February 2017.
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We mourn the sudden loss of a very dear friend, the Iraqi writer and
journalist Hussain al-Mozany. We had just arrived in Ljubljana on 7 December to find
postings on Facebook. In great distress we phoned his mobile and his
friend Haike answered in tears. And it was true. He has departed ths
life. Terrible grief for his children and family. Rest in Peace, dear Hussain.
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In the midst of the raging, destructive war that is shattering Syria, Banipal 57 – Syria in the Heart presents powerful new poetry and fiction by twelve Syrian authors – works that reach out to all with contemplation and compassion, with the need to tell the story and the search to understand. The authors are Nouri al-Jarrah, Rosa Yassin Hassan, Rasha Omran, Dima Wannous, Hala Mohammad, Maha Hassan and Khaled Khalifa, plus new in English translation Haitham Hussein, Monir Almajid, Fawaz Kaderi, Nada Menzalji and Mohamad Alaaedin Abdul Moula. Plus works by Palestinian author Liana Badr and Iraqi novelist Muhsin al-Ramli, and a 50-page guest feature on Literature from Flanders.
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The Banipal Visiting Writer Fellowship
St Aidan’s College of the University of Durham and Banipal magazine of modern Arab literature, with the support of the British Council, are establishing an annual writing fellowship for a published author writing in Arabic, based each year at St Aidan’s College. The Banipal Visiting Writer Fellowship will be a three-month residency.
The Fellowship is based on the three cornerstones that have formed the core of Banipal magazine: that Arab literature is an essential part of world culture and human civilisation; that dialogue between different cultures needs to be continually deepened; and that the joy and enlightenment to be gained from reading beautiful poetry and imaginative writing is an integral part of human existence.
The Fellowship will encourage dialogue with the Arab world through literature. The cultural exchange and dialogue that it will enable, and create, will open windows for non-Arab audiences in the UK onto the realities of Arab cultures in all their diversity and vibrancy, enabling fruitful discourse to develop. It is hoped that this will lead to further exchange, to mutual respect, to new writings, to deeper understanding, and to contributing to Arab literature taking its rightful place in the canon of world literature.
Each year the The Banipal Visiting Writer Fellowship will provide a unique space for a published author writing in Arabic to reflect and to write, and to also have the opportunity to share their work with British audiences.
The first Fellowship will take place from 23 January 2017 to 21 April 2017. Applicants for the first Fellowship should submit, to the Principal of St Aidan’s College, a letter of application and curriculum vitae that includes details of their published works and works in progress. Applications can be made by email or by post. The deadline for receiving applications for the first year’s Fellowship in 2017 is 5pm UK time, Wednesday 30 November 2016.
The Principal, St Aidan's College, University of Durham,
Windmill Hill, Durham DH1 3LJ, UK
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