Thursday, May 8, 2008

Palestine Festival of Literature

Roddy Doyle, Esther Freud, David Hare and Ahdaf Soueif will this week launch the first international literary festival in the occupied Palestinian territories. Seventeen Irish, British, American, Indian and Arab authors will visit four West Bank cities for the inaugural Palestinian Festival of Literature, subtitled: "The power of culture and the culture of power."

Soueif, one of the festival's organizers, said they had invited "authors who we really liked, and who showed a concern for the world in general".

Others taking part include the Scottish writer Andrew O'Hagan and Indian writer Pankaj Mishra, as well as the British-Sudanese writer Jamal Mahjoub, and the American-Palestinian poet Suheir Hammad. They will work with Palestinian writers at events in Ramallah, Jerusalem, Jenin and Bethlehem. From the Guardian.

To learn more, visit the Festival site @

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