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6 May: A tribute to Dinesh Allirajah

Writing on the Wall Festival, Liverpool, 7.00PM

Dinesh Allirajah, writer and poet, who has died aged 47

An evening to celebrate the writing achievements of Dinesh Allirajah, a Comma board member and a dear friend, who passed away in December 2014.  Speakers will include Levi Tafari, Robert Shepherd, Ra Page, Eleanor Rees and others to be confirmed; with live and recorded music reflecting Dinesh’s eclectic taste. Presented by George McKane of Yellow House.

FREE,  the Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX

12th May: Jebel Marra – Foreign aid and corruption in Darfur

Writing on the Wall Festival, Liverpool, 7:30pm

MGreen 2015 colourJoin Comma Press author Michelle Green, author of Jebel Marra, at Liverpool’s long-runninng Writing on the Wall Festival on Tuesday 12th May. She will be joined by aid specialist Róisín Read, of the University of Manchester’s Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, to discuss Darfur and the role of storytelling in conflict and post-conflict zones.

Tickets £4/£2- pay on the door, News from Nowhere, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool

Book of Gaza: Life and Literature on the Strip

21st May: Writing on the Wall Festival, Liverpool, 7:30 pm (details)

24th May: Bradford Literarature Festival, 3:30 – 4:30 pm (details)

26th May, Writers at York, 6:00 pm (details)

27th May, SOAS, London, date & time TBC (details)

gazaThe city of Gaza may feature constantly in the news, but what do really we know of life there, beyond the headlines and the politics? Two contributors, Nayrouz Qarmout and Mona Abu Sharekh, from a recent anthology of short stories offer insights into everyday life and its everyday struggles. ‘The Book of Gaza’ offers a cross section of the three generations of authors to have emerged in the city since 1967, and together the stories present a literary map of the city. Published just before the outbreak of Operation Protective Edge, the contributors have since lived through yet another period of intense and deadly conflict. Join the authors, in conversation, at three separate events  as they tour the UK in May.

Sema Kaygusuz & Maureen Freely discuss ‘A Well of Trapped Words’ 

21st May: SOAS, London, 7:00 pm (details)

23rd May: Salisbury Festival, 11:30am (details)

artist_91583Leading Turkish author Sema Kaygusuz will be discussing her new book A Well of Trapped Words with her translator Maureen Freely (Head of English PEN). In celebration of Sema’s work appearing in English for the first time, SOAS have organised this discussion between author and translator in which we will hear reflections upon Turkish literature, translation, and, of course,  The Well of Trapped Words (published May, 2015)

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