11 March 2022
StAnza International Poetry Festival, The Byre Theatre – Auditorium, Abbey Street, St Andrews, KY16 9LA
Nouri al-Jarrah, author of A Boat to Lesbos (Banipal Books 2018), will be appearing at Scotland's International Poetry Festival, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.
The Friday of this year’s festival (7–13 March) is dedicated primarily to questions of exile, migration, belonging and tracing one’s roots, and will culminate in Poetry Centre Stage, an exciting triple bill from three major writers born respectively in Zambia, Jamaica and Syria, currently living in the UK / the US – Kayo Chingonyi, Safiya Sinclair and Nouri al-Jarrah.
Nouri Al-Jarrah will read from four decades of work written in exile, including poems from A Boat to Lesbos and his most recent work, The Stone Serpent, Barates of Palmyra’s Elegy to Regina his Beloved (being published later this year by Banipal Books). The latter epic poem awakens two extraordinary lovers, Barates, a Syrian from Palmyra, and Regina, the Celtic slave he freed and married, from where they have lain at rest beside Hadrian’s Wall for eighteen centuries, and tells their unique love story.