Banipal is keen to promote live literature events that include Arab authors. Check out this section for news of events that Banipal is organising or is involved in, and for photo reports of past events.

Tue 24 June 2014
7pm
The Mosaic Rooms, A.M. Qattan Foundation, London, SW5


BOOK LAUNCH: Collected Poetical Works of Saadi Youssef

The event will be followed by a reception and book signing session.

FREE but please reserve your place by emailing rsvp@mosaicrooms.org

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Wed 05 March 2014
2.30pm-4.30pm
The Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, EC4A 3DE


SEVEN YEARS ON: PRESERVING LITERARY HERITAGE

Books on Street











Wednesday 5 March 2014 | 14:30 – 16:30

Meeting Room, The Arab British Centre
1 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE

This event is FREE but please RSVP so we have an idea of numbers.
RSVP | info@arabbritishcentre.org.uk | 020 7832 1310

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Thu 13 February 2014
2-4.30 pm
Meetings Room & Library, The Arab British Centre


Roundtable on Arabic Literary Translation

Image of Jonathan Wright Image of William Hutchins
 
Jonathan Wright                            William M Hutchins


This is a Roundtable discussion with the joint winners of the 2013 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation, Jonathan Wright and William M. Hutchins, chaired by Professor Yasir Suleiman.

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Thu 13 February 2014
7.00 pm
The Gallery, Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road


Arabic Literature in English
An evening with the prizewinning translators and their novels


Celebrating the joint prizewinners of the 2013 Saif Ghobash Prize for Arabic Literary Translation, Jonathan Wright and William M. Hutchins.

Foyles Charing Cross Road

Introduced by Paul Starkey

With readings from the novels and a drinks reception

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12 November
6.30pm to 8.00pm
Lecture Theatre, Kensington Central Library, Phillimore Walk, W8 7RX


     Launch of
Banipal 48

Narrating Marrakech title of Banipal 48

Do join us for this singular literary celebration of the Red City of Marrakech.

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Thursday 24 October
18.30-20.00
Meeting Room, Kensington Central Library, Phillimore Walk, W8 7RX


NOUR FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

Short stories from the Arab world

with Banipal Book Club

Three short stores from different Arab countries:
Mordechai's Moustache and his Wife's Cats
by Mahmoud Shukair (Palestine), Black Kohl . . . White Heart by Mona al-Shammari (Kuwait) and Ali the Red by Luay Hamza Abbas (Iraq).  

No knowledge of Arabic required.

 

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Thu 24 January 2013
Doors open 6.30 pm for 7.00pm start
The Mosaic Rooms, A.M. Qattan Foundation, London, SW5

Celebrate Banipal 45 – Writers from Palestine at The Mosaic Rooms with two authors from the issue – Asma'a Azaizeh and Marwan Makhoul. Join them for readings of their works, for discussion and a reception

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30 November, 2012
6.45-7.15pm, 7.30-8.00pm and 8.15-8.45pm.
V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Banipal Short Story Circles at the V&A as part of the V&A's Friday Late: Record, Reframe, Resist and the Nour Festival of Arts.

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Monday 8th October, 2012
7.00pm
Bayleaf Restaurant, Birmingham

Libyan Authors and Banipal at the Birmingham Book Festival

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17 August
7.00pm
Vitosha Guest Haus & Pinocchio Theatre, Ann Arbor

Vitosha Guest Haus & Pinocchio Theatre
in association with The Alliance for Artists Communities present:

A Reading of Young Writers from Yemen and Morocco – Wajdi al-Ahdal and Abdelaziz Errachidi

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July 1st, 2012
2-3pm
Clore Ballroom, Southbank Centre

Banipal Celebration Reading at the South Bank Centre with Hassan El Ouazzani (Morocco), Khaled Mattawa (Libya), Saadia Mufarreh (Kuwait), Amjad Nasser (Jordan), Iman Mersal (Egypt) and Rasha Omran (Syria)

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26 June to 1 July 2012
One week event
Southbank Centre – Royal Festival Hall

POETRY PARNASSUS

The largest gathering of international poets ever seen, as part of the UK Cultural Olympiad prior to the opening of the Olympic Games at the end of July 2012

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14 April to 27 May
New film about Etel Adnan by the Otolith Group
Fabrica Gallery in Brighton

I See Infinite Distance Between Any Point and Another

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24 May 2012
6.30 to 8.30
The Banipal Arab British Centre Library

SECOND BANIPAL BOOK CLUB MEETING

For the second Book Club meeting, we will be reading Out of It by Selma Dabbagh

 

[read more]

28 - 30 April
Three day event
TRIPOLI INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL

Organised by Ashur Etwebi and Khaled Mattawa

The first major literary festival in Libya featured poets, scholars, and literary professionals from Algeria, Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

[read more]

27 March 2012
Evening
Abu Dhabi

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2012 and the Abu Dhabi Book Fair

The award ceremony of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction took place in the evening of the 27 March 2012, and was followed by the opening of the Abu Dhabi book fair the next morning.

[read more]

Sun 19 February 2012
12.30pm
King's Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG.

Join Adina Hoffman as she talks about her biography of the great Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali. This event is part of Jewish Book Week.

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Mon 06 February 2012
Evening
King's Place

Presentation of the 2011 Saif Ghobash - Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation.

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Wed 25 January 2012
6.30-9.30pm
Curiositea, Warwick University

1001 Arabian Nights in One Night

Literature from the Arab world

An evening of readings and discussion with guest speaker Banipal's publisher Margaret Obank talking about the current Arabic literary scene

Organised by the English Literature Society as part of the University's One World Week.

 

[read more]

14 December 2011
Evening
Intercontinental Beach Garden, Abu Dhabi

A collaboration between New York University Abu Dhabi and Banipal to celebrate Emirati literature in English and Arabic. Part of the New York University conference on World Literature and Translation.

[read more]

6 December 2011
7.00pm
The Gallery and Library, The Arab British Centre

Banipal Winter Reception to Celebrate the Authors and Translators in Banipals 42, 41 and 40.

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8 November 2011
7.45pm
Southbank Centre

State of Emergency. An evening of poetry from the Arab world at the Southbank Centre.

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4-6 November 2011
All day
Aldeburgh Poetry Festival

Over the course of the festival, Margaret Obank, Amjad Nasser, Kay Ryan and Fergus Allen, and judge of this year's Popescu Prize Jane Draycott gave a number of talks on their work in the Arabic literary field, along with poetry readings.

[read more]

23 October 2011
1pm
Manchester Literature Festival

Past winner Raja Alem (2011) from Saudi Arabia, and former judges Ghalia Kabbani and Paul Starkey in discussion about the importance and global impact of this prize, and the role fiction can play in promoting cultural understanding.

[read more]

12-16 October 2011
Four day event
Frankfurt Book Fair

An exciting and inspiring four days for Banipal, with great interest in the three issues of 2011 that were presented at the Fair. 

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30 September to 3 October 2011
A three day event
Fondation Royaumont, Asnières sur Oise, France.

Sleep Song

From the dreams and nightmares that have haunted US veterans of the Iraq war, Mike Ladd created poems. These poems led to an encounter with the other side. In Baghdad, Ahmed Abdul Hussein, too, felt the war as a source of words and wrote poetry. A meeting between invisible enemies who become visible men. The premiere of Sleep Song was at Fondation Royaumont, Asnières sur Oise, France on 30 September, followed by a second performance 

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28 September
7pm
The Gallery at Foyles Charing Cross Road

Harvill Secker Young Translators' Prize

In celebration of the Harvill Secker Young Translators' Prize, author Penelope Lively, journalist Maya Jaggi, Prize founder Briony Everroad and translator Paul Starkey will discuss literature in translation and this year's chosen language for the prize, Arabic.

[read more]

Tue 20 September 2011
7pm
The Mosaic Rooms, 226 Cromwell Road, London SW5 0SW

Launch of One Day in April, a new novel by Jad El Hage

[read more]

7-17 September
all day
Berlin International Literature Festival

Emirati writers Khulood al-Mualla and Sara al-Jarwan with Samuel Shimon at the Berlin International Literature Festival. The visit of the two authors was supported by the Emirates Foundation

[read more]

21st July
6.30–8.30pm
Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies

SHUBBAK FESTIVAL – The Arab Spring: A Literary Perspective
Authors from Syria, Egypt and Libya in conversation

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9 July 2011
3 - 4.30pm
The Bluecoat


An Iraqi in Paris:  Samuel Shimon in conversation with Eckhard Thiemann at the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival

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9 July 2011
7.30pm
Ledbury Poetry Festival

Modern Tunisian Poetry – Tahar Bekri, Amina Saïd with distinguished American poet and translator Marilyn Hacker in Gala Poetry Performances – plus Supper

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18 June 2011
7.00pm
London Review Bookshop

Ramsey Nasr, Poet Laureate of the Netherlands, at LRB's World Literature Weekend, in conversation about his work and Heavenly Life, selected poems in English translation, with readings 

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3 June 2011
8pm - 11pm
St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace


THE PREMIERE OF

The Ziggurat Builders

a new composition for Voice, Oud and Cello by Marcus Davidson exploring the music of the voice and the Oud from medieval to contemporary sounds, with title and libretto taken from an existing poem by the late Iraqi Assyrian poet Sargon Boulus (1944-2007). 

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6 November 2010
7.00pm
Poetry International, South Bank Centre, London SE1

7.00pm, Saturday 6 November 2010

St. Paul’s Pavilion, Royal Festival Hall, Level 6

Jasmine Donahaye, Adam Foulds, Nathalie Handal and Ramsey Nasr

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October - November 2010
various
South Bank Centre, London, SE1

Poetry International London, 28 October to 6 November, focused on Palestine and the Middle East, hosting poets from around the world on the theme of imagining peace.

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6-10 October 2010
all day
Buchmesse, Frankfurt

Banipal had a stand in the newly organised Weltempfang in the Frankfurt Book Fair's Hall 5. On Sunday 10 October (10.10.1) Banipal's editor Samuel Shimon hosted a discussion on Tunisian literature, the theme of Banipal 39 that was published on 1st October.

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July 2010
all day
Assilah, Morocco

To see some of the official photos from this year's Assilah Festival, click here

 

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July 2010
every day
Al-Sindiyan, Syria

This year the Festival Director and poet Rasha Omran invited Stephen Watts to join the team of poets for the week-long events.

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Thu 15 July 2010
8.00pm
Frome Festival

Last year’s first ‘Arab Evening’ of readings, music, and delectable middle eastern dishes proved so popular there will be repeat helpings at Trinity Hall this summer, with Syrian author Ghalia Kabbani and, from Iraq, playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak and oud player Khyam Allami.

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Wed 14 July 2010
7.45pm
Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London – Emirati Poets

Khalid Albudoor, Khulood al-Mu’alla and Nujoom al-Ghanem, three successful modernist Emirati poets, have their first London reading with specially commissioned English translations of their works

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Sun 11 July 2010
2.30-3.30pm
Ledbury Poetry Festival – Iraqi poets

Poetry and Iraq – two poets in the forefront of Iraqi writing today – Fadhil al-Azzawi and Sinan Antoon discuss the place of poetry in Iraq and read from their works

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Sat 10 July 2010
8.00-10.30pm
Ledbury Poetry Festival – Emirati Poets

Khalid al-Budoor, Khulood al-Mu’alla and Nujoom al-Ghanem, three successful modern Emirati poets, read their works and meet poetry-loving audiences at the annual Ledbury Poetry Festival

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Sun 13 June 2010
2 – 7pm
Live at Bernie Spain Gardens on the South Bank, London, SE1 9PP

BBC Radio 3's World Routes Academy 2010 – Iraq at Celebrating Sanctuary Festival
An afternoon’s events dedicated to Iraqi culture – live music, spoken word, workshops and discussions

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10-13 March 2010
10-13 March 2010
Dubai Festival City

More than 80 authors from around the world converged on Dubai Festival City for the second Emirates Airline International Literature Festival

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14 to 18 October 2009
9.00am to 6.00pm
Frankfurt Book Fair

Visit Banipal at the Frankfurt Book Fair
We're in the International Centre, in Hall 5.0, Stand D912

 

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Monday 13th July 2009
7:00pm to 9:30pm
London Review Bookshop

The London Review Bookshop

The event featured not only the poets Siham Bouhlal and Mustafa Stitou, who came from Paris and the Netherlands respectively, but also the spirit of two others, Hassan Najmi and Ouidad Benmoussa, both of whom should have been there but for the new and infamous privatised system for getting VISAs to come to the UK, which made it impossible for them to make the visit. All with works published in Banipal 35.

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Saturday 11th July 2009
12:45pm / 8:00pm
Ledbury Poetry Festival

The Ledbury Poetry Festival
•  Launching two Arabic poetry books
• Introducing Moroccan Poets

Two Arabic poetry events, featuring the launch of two new books by Banipal Books, Shepherd of Solitude by Amjad Nasser (pictured) and Knife Sharpener by the late Sargon Boulus.  Plus Moroccan poets Siham Bouhlal and Mustafa Stitou, who live in Europe and who wonderfully stepped in when the UK's new visa system prevented well-known poets from Morocco setting foot in the UK.

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Thursday 9th July 2009
8:00pm to 10:00pm
Frome

Frome Festival 2009
Arab Writing Today

An exciting event, the first of its kind at the Frome Festival: three Arab writers came together to give readings and to talk about their work.

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20-22 April 2009
London BookFair 2009
Earl's Court, London

London Book Fair 2009

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Tue 08 July 2008
7pm
London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL

Breaking through: Syrian writers in conversation and performance

Hala Mohammed, Monzer Masri, Rasha Omran, Lukman Derky, four Syrian poets - who are also a film-maker, a painter, an arts festival director, and a journalist / scriptwriter respectively - were seen in conversation (on writing, publishing and the arts in Syria today) – and in performance. Audiences were able to hear readings of poems, newly translated for the latest issue of Banipal 31, which included a major feature on contemporary Syrian literature. Free wine and nibbles were served after the event.

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Mon 05 May 2008
3.30pm
BBC Radio 4

FIVE SHORT STORIES FROM NORTH AFRICA

published in translation in BANIPAL MAGAZINE
with some republished in the collection SARDINES AND ORANGES, published by Banipal Books
were broadcast, in the English translation, one a day, as below, from Monday to Friday, 5 to 9 May

Produced by Square Dog Productions for Radio 4.

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Mon 05 May 2008
Syrian Poets in UK
Ledbury Poetry Festival and London Review Bookshop


Hala Mohammed, Monzer Masri, Lukman Derky, Rasha OmranLedbury Poetry Festival and London Review Bookshop
Hala Mohammad, Monzer Masri, Rasha Omran and Lukman Derky visited the UK for events at the Ledbury Poetry Festival and the London Review Bookshop.

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Tue 11 March 2008
6.00 to 7.30pm
Manchester Central Library

Banipal magazine is the winner of the 2008 Incwriters Outstanding Contribution to Literature (Magazines) award. It was chosen from the short list of ten magazines below and the award presented at a ceremony at Manchester Central Library.

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Mon 10 March 2008
7pm
Abu Dhabi

At a splendid award ceremony in Abu Dhabi on 10 March 2008, the chair of judges of the new International Prize for Arabic Fiction, known as the Arab Booker, announced that the inaugural winner of the £50,000 prize was Egyptian author Bahaa Taher for his novel Wahat al-Ghurub [Sunset Oasis].

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Thu 25 October 2007
6.30pm to 9pm
IDEA STORE, WHITECHAPEL, London E1

SMALL AND INDEPENDENT 11

A press publishing talk, Q&A and networking event:

Four publishers and editors shared their experience of setting up a small press and gave advice to guide attendees on their way through the process. Panellists included Shaun Levin, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Margaret Obank, and Chris Hamilton-Emery.

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Wed 10 October 2007
All day each day
FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR

The world’s largest fair for the book trade was attended by even more visitors than last year, over 280,000. Hall 5, home of Frankfurt Book Fair’s International Centre was a veritable hub, housing the Guest of Honour Pavilion for Catalan Culture, as well publishers from the Arab world, South American and African countries, Iran, Turkey, Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Armenia, and many others; also booths for small independent literary publishers, such as Banipal, Dar al-Jamal, and Hans Schiler Verlag.

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Sat 06 October 2007
11am to 7pm
The Lowry, Salford

Manchester Festival of Literature’s Independents' Day was a day of activities for independent small publishers,mostly local magazine and poetry publishers.

Banipal's stand exhibited and sold magazines and books, including the two new collections of short stories, Mordechai's Moustache and his Wife's Cats and A Retired Gentleman.

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Mon 09 July 2007
6.30pm for 7pm
Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, London

Banipal magazine & the Institut Français

host special reception and poetry reading

to welcome
poets from Lebanon
Abdo Wazen, Zeinab Assaf and Bassam Hajjar

after their performance at the Ledbury Poetry Festival.
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Sat 07 July 2007
2.30pm
Burgage Hall, Ledbury Poetry Festival


FROM
LEBANON
TO LEDBURY


Lebanese poets visited the UK for this exclusive event at the Ledbury Poetry Festival. Two of the poets had never read in the UK before and one is newly translated into English.

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Wed 23 May 2007
7pm
Poets House, 72 Spring St, 2nd floor, New York

An invitation
to celebrate today’s poets
from Lebanon

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Fri 04 May 2007
7.00pm
Virgin Megastore Bookshop, Beirut Centre Ville, Beirut
Lebanese author Jad El Hage launches his second novel written in English The Myrtle Tree (Banipal Books) in Beirut. [read more]

Sat 28 April 2007
9.30am
Amman, Jordan

The 2nd International Translation Conference of the Arab Thought Foundation was held in Amman, 27 and 28 April 2007. An important panel was organised by the Next Page Foundation, which looked at the experience of promoting Arab literature outside the Arab world, and that means, in translation.

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Tue 17 April 2007
7pm for 7.30pm
Daunt Books, 112-114 Holland Park Avenue, London W11 4UA

A great crowd of friends, journalists, critics, literary agents, publishers and authors, among them Hanan al-Shaykh, Hisham Matar, Aamer Hussein and Amjad Nasser, gathered at Daunt Books for the London launch of The Myrtle Tree.

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Tue 17 April 2007
12 noon
London Book Fair, Central Books Stand

Author of The Myrtle Tree Jad El Hage joined the throng of visitors and exhibitors at The London Book Fair's new venue at Earl's Court, just a stone's throw from where he used to live when he was in London.

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Sun 01 April 2007
All day
17th ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR

THIS year’s book fair, was organised for the first time in co-operation with the Frankfurt Book Fair and housed in a dedicated ultra-modern exhibition centre. The week-long fair was open every day to the public with free admission; schools took it in turns to attend en masse, from kindergarten to secondary school and university.

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Tue 30 January 2007
6pm
Northcote Town Hall, Northcote, Melbourne, Australia

Australians for Lebanon
launched The Myrtle Tree
by Lebanese Australian Jad El Hage, who was introduced by Joe Camilleri, Professor of International Relations, La Trobe University

Organised with the support of Darebin and Australian and Lebanese Historical Society

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Thu 11 January 2007
7pm
Afaq Bookshop, Qasr Al-Aini Street, Cairo

Afaq Bookshop, CairoAfaq Bookshop, Qasr Al-Aini Street, Cairo

Samuel Shimon read from his autobiographical novel Iraqi fi Baris



. . . AN IRAQ'S NEVER-ENDING DREAM is reported by Ahmed Maged in the Beirut Daily Star . . .

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Wed 22 March 2006
6.30pm
THE IRISH CENTRE, HAMMERSMITH, LONDON W6
At the Hammersmith & Fulham WORDwide Festival, Banipal hosts an evening with three Arab authors who live and write in London. [read more]

August 2005
all month
ASSILAH, Morocco
Assilah, this small village on the Atlantic, has been host to a major month-long cultural festival since 1978. [read more]

December 2005 and February 2006
Daytime and evening
Berlin, Germany
Contemporary Arab Representations: The Iraqi Equation was a multi-media cultural project curated and arranged by Catherine David in Berlin’s KW Institute for Contemporary Art in December 2005 and February 2006. [read more]

29 October-13 November 2004
BANIPAL LIVE TOUR
London, Newcastle, Manchester, Lancaster, Edinburgh, Tyne & Wear, Southwold
The tour brings together four renowned poets and fiction writers from Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon connecting and engaging audiences in the rich and vibrant cultures of these three areas, mainly known in the UK as scenes of war. [read more]

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