Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense

15 May '18 at 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Join award-winning Canadian writer Marcello Di Cintio in conversation with British-Palestinian novelist Selma Dabbagh at Kensington Central Library.

This is the opening event of Di Cintio’s UK tour to celebrate the publication of Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense (Saqi Books, May 2018).

In 2012 Marcello Di Cintio accepted the position of writer-in-residence with the Palestine Writing Workshop. Di Cintio had long been looking for a ‘way in’ to Palestine, a starting point other than politics and struggle. Wherever he visited, Di Cintio found a story. Stories of how revolutionary writing was smuggled from the Naqab Prison; stories from the Gallery Café, whose opening three thousand creatives and intellectuals gathered to celebrate; and the lost generations of stories contained within the books that are held in Israel’s National Library.

Inspired by these many conversations and subsequent investigations with writers, book lovers and Palestine’s literati, Pay No Heed to the Rockets celebrates Palestine through the lens of literature.


Kensington Central Library

Kensington Central Library, 12 Phillimore Walk, London W8 7RX


Saqi Books

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