Saturday, 7 March 2020


Reading followed by Q&A

Selma is a British Palestinian writer of fiction. Born in Scotland, she has also lived in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, France, Egypt and the WestBank. She has worked for human rights non-governmental organisations and on international criminal law cases in London. Her first novel, ‘Out Of It’, set between London, Gaza and the Gulf, was published by Bloomsbury and listed as a Guardian Book of the Year in2011 and 2012 and won the Premio Prima Opera in Spoleto in 2019. Her radio plays have been produced by BBC Radio 4 and WDR in Germany and her short stories published by outlets such as Granta and International PEN. She’s also written for film and stage and her non-fiction has appeared in the Guardian and the London Review of Books. She regularly writes on Palestinian literature and film for the Electronic Intifada. She is currently editing an anthology of writings on lust and erotica by Arab women.

Saturday, 7 March 2020


Reading followed by Q&A

Amina Atiq is a Yemeni-Scouse writer, performance artist, facilitator, activist and BBC Words First Finalist 2019. She is currently working with the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival as a support engagement facilitator. She was awarded the LJMU Citizenship award for her community engagement work and awarded the best North West volunteer by Human Appeal.
She has also been long listed for the Jerwood Poetry Fellowship and made a Young Associate for Curious Minds. Atiq’s work explores the Conflict and beauty of her dual identity, taking us on a journey to her birth home, Yemen,and her love letter to her city, Liverpool. She is currently producing and writing her first one-woman show, exploring a Yemeni-British household in
the 1970s.

Sunday, 8 March 2020


feat. Noor Palette, Nouf Alhimiary

In association with COMMUN

Haramacy acts as a catalyst for cross-cultural engagement for artists from marginalised communities in London. Bringing together Middle Eastern,North African and South Asian artists through multi-arts collaboration, Haramacy creates a space for them to explore intersectional social systems (race, gender, class and ethnicity) within their communities and others.

Haramacy’s focus is on engaging with Middle Eastern, North African,and South Asian artists for 2020, providing them with opportunities tocollaborate and create.
In collaboration with AWAN festival and in support of InternationalWomen’s Day, we will host an evening of interactive talks which will beopen for the public and press - a chance to engage with artists fromMiddle Eastern heritage and to highlight the importance of cross-communitycollaboration.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020


presented by AWAN and YOUNG SHUBBAK 

Across the globe, popular uprisings are uniting people calling for reform and change.

With borders being broken by a common thread of justice, how do we find individual voices that bring us altogether ? Young Shubbak present Thawra She Said, a night of eruptive and moving spoken word along with short films from Lebanon, Syria, Palestine,Egypt and more, reflecting on the intimate moments of resistance within a time of great revolution.In a collaboration with AWAN Festival, emerging local and international artists will explore distress, healing and familiar instances that live inside our greater socio-political struggles. Together we are stronger and our voices louder.

The Young Shubbak programme is supported by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

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