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All Faces But Mine: The Poetry of Samih Al-Qasim

08 February '17

All Faces but Mine gathers selected poems from the acclaimed Palestinian poet Samih Al-Qasim (1934-2014). A contemporary of Mahmoud Darwish, Al-Qasim was a celebrated resistance poet whose passionate call for independence inspired a generation of poets. In this award-winning volume, poems are drawn from fourteen of the poet’s collections published over the last twenty years […]

This Room is Waiting

31 January '17

Four award-winning UK poets come together with four Iraqi poets to create a truly unforgettable anthology that sheds new light on real lives in contemporary post-war Iraq. UK poets Jen Hadfield, winner of the TS Eliot Prize, Billy Letford, Krystelle Bamford and John Glenday collaborate with four contemporary Iraqi poets, including acclaimed Zahir Mousa, Sabreen […]

Mirages

25 January '17

Poetry. Middle Eastern Studies. Translated from the Arabic by Alicia F. Lam. This is the first full length English- Language translation of the beautifully crafted prose poems of Issa Makhlouf.

Sarabad

25 January '17

Well-known in the Arab world as a poet, essayist and translator, Abdulkareem Kasid, born in Basra in 1946, escaped from Iraq in 1978 and went to live in Aden. He lived and worked in Damascus for ten years before settling in London with his wife and two children. In recent years he has returned to […]

A Bird is Not a Stone: An Anthology of Contemporary Palestinian Poetry

25 January '17

A major collection of contemporary Palestinian poetry translated by 24 of Scotland’s very best writers including Alasdair Gray, Liz Lochhead, James Robertson, Jackie Kay, William Letford, Aonghas MacNeacail, DM Black, Tom Pow, Ron Butlin and John Glenday. A Bird is not a Stone is a unique cultural exchange, giving both English and Arabic readers a […]

Don’t Forget the Couscous

25 January '17

Don’t Forget the Couscous is a book of poetry about exile and home, love and loss. It is a beautiful love-song to the Arab world – Syria, Kurdistan, Morocco, Palestine and his native Aleppo. It is a memoir of the failed Arab Spring and the civil-war that has turned his native Syria into a ‘fountain […]

Classical Poems by Arab Women: A Bilingual Anthology

24 January '17

Arab women poets have been around since the earliest of times, yet their diwans (collected poems) were not given the same consideration as their male counterparts’. Spanning 5,000 years, from the pre-Islamic to the Andalusian periods, Classical Poems by Arab Women presents rarely seen work by over fifty women writers for the first time. From […]

Desert Sorrows

24 January '17

No poet of the twentieth century has captured the experience of Arabic-speaking people in the modern world better than Tayseer al-Sboul. One of Jordan s most celebrated writers, educated in that country, as well as in Lebanon and Syria, he faced the dilemmas and contradictions of the Arab world during the Cold War years. Caught […]

Calligraphies of Love

24 January '17

Inspired by timeless poems from around the world, Hassan Massoudy’s calligraphy takes us on a visual journey through love in its many forms. Through his signature broad strokes and vibrant colours, this master calligrapher brings to life the words and wisdom of some of our greatest poets, from Ibn Zaydoun and Rumi to Kahlil Gibran, […]