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The Berlin International Literature Festival was a great success, seeing Samuel Shimon in discussion with Omar Akbar, on the urban forces at work in the cities of Damascus, Beirut and Cairo in 'World of Cities - Cities of the World'. Two award-winning Emirati authors, the poet Khulood al-Mu'alla and the fiction-writer Sara al-Jarwan were also in Berlin for the Festival, with readings from and discussions of their poetry. Their work is also featured in Banipal 42- New Writing from the Emirates.
Below are some photos taken at the event, © Ali Ghandtschi for the Berlin Literature Festival:
Khulood al-Mu'alla and Sara al-Jarwan
Khulood al-Mu'alla and Sara al-Jarwan with festival director Ulrich Schreiber
Khulood al-Mu'alla and Sara al-Jarwan after the reading, with director Ulrich Schreiber, moderator Gunther Orth and actress Regina Gisbertz, who provided a touching reading of the Emirati poetry
The visit of Khulood al-Mualla and Sara al-Jarwan to Berlin
was kindly supported by the Emirates Foundation
Saturday 10 September
© Hartwig Klappert
Samuel Shimon Omar Akbar
Join Samuel Shimon, author of An Iraqi in Paris and editor of Banipal magazine
and Omar Akbar
in a discussion on
World of cities – Cities of the world. Damascus-Beirut-Cairo
They will focus on the subversive, urban forces at work in these cities, which have always managed to make themselves heard, even under the worst political conditions and which are today the engine of change.
For more info click here
Sunday 11 September
Khulood al-Mualla Sara al-Jarwan
For more information click here.
For the full programme of events 7 to 17 September, click here