Welcome Literary Salon: Part of Refugee Week and hosted by the Arab British Centre and Banipal, this will be a diverse evening of literature, talks, discussions, poetry, readings, theatre and open mic with special guests - looking at how literature is dealing with the biggest enforced movement of people ever recorded. This is a free event but reservations are a must as places are limited. Email [email protected] to reserve your place.
Al Mutanabbi Street Literary Salon: Hosted and organised by the Arab British Centre and Banipal, the Al Mutanabbi Street Literary Salon will be an eclectic evening of talks, readings, performance and video in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the bombing and destruction of Al Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad’s literary hub right in the heart of the historic city. A unique opportunity to discover also how the Iraqi literary scene has developed over the past decade in the company of special guests.
Blind Spots - A Millennium in Arabic Literature: Palestinian author, essayist and translator Anton Shammas will present the inaugural annual lecture of the 'Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation'. He will explore the hitherto concealed connections between Arabic learning and Western literature and art.
'On Literature And Philosophy' Book Launch: Banipal and Gingko Library will hold an event to launch the book 'On Literature and Philosophy' by the late Nobel laureate Naguib Mafouz. It is the first volume of a series of his non-fiction works in English translation. Mahfouz scholar Professor Rasheed El-Enany will give a talk about Naguib and the series. To note, the Gingko Library promotes and facilitates dialogue between the Middle East and the Western world through academic conferences, public events and scholarly publications.
Banipal Book Club Meeting: The Banipal Magazine of Modern Arab Literature (UK) will hold its next book club event, where instead of having a discussion about one book, the evening will look at all 29 entries for the 2015 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation. With 26 novels and 3 poetry collections in the running, this may be an impossible task in a couple of hours, but many have been reviewed in the media and online, and 27 of the entries are already in the BALMAL Library.
BALMAL Library Open Evening: Banipal and the Arab British Centre (ABC) will present post-Shubbak a panel discussion with the publishers and literature promoters that were involved as well as offering the chance to browse through a wide display of works, including: the 29 entries for the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation 2015, books by all the Shubbak authors, the new Banipal 53 issue and the IPAF winners that are in English.
Banipal Library Open Evening: The Banipal-Arab British Centre (ABC) Library of Modern Arab Literature (BALMAL) will host an open evening with guest speaker Jonathan Wright, an award-winning translator. The library which formally opened to the public in 2010 now holds a collection of more than 600 fiction titles, including works by Mahmoud Darwish, Alaa al-Aswany, Elias Khoury, Adonis and Ahdaf Soueif as well an eclectic mix of non-fiction titles. Event will take place on 30 October, 2014 at the ABC, 1 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE.
Seven Years On, Preserving Literary Heritage: Banipal and the Arab British Centre (ABC) will present an afternoon of poetry readings and discussion on the seventh anniversary of the bombing of Al Mutanabbi Street, in Iraq. The event will bring together individuals working in the industry, to support and celebrate the significance of independent publishing and bookselling. Also, to coincide with the discussion, the Iraqi actress, Dina Mousawi and Syrian actor Ammar Haj Ahmad will also perform poems by Saadi Youssef from the anthology 'AlMutanabbi Street Starts Here'.
Short Stories from the Arab World: The Banipal Book Club will host three 20-minute story-telling circles, each with a different story from a different Arab country, published in recent Banipal issues and books. These interactive performances will be complemented by Moroccan refreshments. Part of the Nour Festival 2013, this event will take place on 24 October, 2013 at the Kensington Central Library. It is free but booking is required.