Add to researchErbil Literature Festival in full swing

For the second year running, the Erbil Literature Festival will provide many opportunities for local audiences to experience contemporary literature from Iraq, Iraqi-Kurdistan and the UK

Related project: Erbil Literature Festival

The three day festival will offer highly respected British writers a chance to further their knowledge and experience of the literary world in the Middle East, and it also provided a dynamic platform for local writers, poets and scholars to voice their work and engage with British literature.

Events at the festival will be held in Arabic, Kurdish and English and will be chaired respectively by Dr Fadhil Thamer, Dr Himdad Abdul-Qahhar and Dr Rachel Holmes.

Also, in collaboration with the British Council, Firefly International will present a unique poetry experience in Iraq during the Erbil Literature Festival. Called the Reel Festivals, Scottish and Iraqi poets will be available for exclusive readings at a café in Erbil, for free.

Confirmed UK writers include Lucy Caldwell, George Szirtes, Adam Foulds, and George Szirtes. Also attending the event are writers Hameed Al-Rubayee, Samarqand Al-Jabery, Omar Al-Sarai, Muhsin Mohammed, Gulanar Ali, and Kakamam Botani.

You can follow the events first-hand on George Szirtes's blog and again here at Lucy Caldwell's blog.

Read more on our Erbil Project page and follow the event here, on Facebook and on Twitter using the hastag #Iraqlitfest.