Banipal July Newsletter

The Short Stories of Zakaria Tamer

17 July

This summer’s Banipal will be out next week. Producing it was a real labour of love, with its main focus on the great Syrian writer Zakaria Tamer and his short stories. This time, when the Arab world is in major upheaval and turmoil (though some of us wonder if it has ever been otherwise), is indeed the time to turn to an author who has given so much in pursuit of freedom of expression, human rights and liberty through his inspiring and inimitable writings – Zakaria Tamer.
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Shubbak Festival has started

Focus: Literature Weekend
On 25 and 26 July, the British Library hosts a packed weekend of literature and storytelling with some of the finest and most forthright writers from across the Arab world.

Among the line-up:
Rafif Ziadeh, Selma Dabbagh, Mourid Barghouti, Atef Abu Saif
Sinan Antoon, Ahmed Saadawi, Hassan Abdulrazzak, Choman Hardi
Ahmed Khaled Towfik, Samar Yazbek, Shahla Ujayli, Rasha Abbas
Elias Khoury, Hoda Barakat, Jokha  al-Harthi, Ali al-Muqri
Leila Aboulela, Yasmin Khan, Lena Merhej, Andeel, Asia Alfasi
Focus: London Arab Theatre

At the Young Vic: Now is the Time to Say Nothing
At the Cockpit: The Tree-Climber by Tawfik al-Hakeem
At the Bush Theatre: Nahda
At Rich Mix: Razor Sharp
At the Arcola Theatre: Love, Bombs and Apples

Plus many more events: For all information go to:
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Forthcoming Event 

Banipal and the Arab British Centre are delighted to invite you to:
Second Library Open Evening
– post Shubbak

Wednesday 29 July


A post-Shubbak panel discussion with publishers and literature promoters, with the chance to browse through displays of latest works
With special displays of books in the library
• The 29 entries for the 2015 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation
• Books in the Library by all the Shubbak authors
• The new Banipal 53 on The Short Stories of Zakaria Tamer.
• The IPAF winners that are in English
Drinks & nibbles
This is a free event, but seating is limited so do RSVP by emailing

Everybody Welcome!
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Published Date - 14/07/2015