Don't miss Shubbak Festival at the British Library! Celebrating contemporary Arab culture

Shubbak Festival presents two days of unmissable Arab literature at the British Library, 15-16 July, including panel discussions, readings, interviews and workshops, with leading Arabic-language novelists, poets, short story writers, children’s writers and comic artists.


Writing Against the Grain

Saturday 15 July, 12.30–1.45pm

Ali Badr, Mansour Bushnaf and Mona Kareem explore urgent issues of current literary writing.
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A New Confidence

Saturday 15 July, 2.15–3.30pm

Join three of the most exciting contemporary writers for readings from their work and discussion on recent queer writing.
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Weaving a Magic Carpet of Poems

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July, 2.30–3.30pm

Children’s poetry workshops with Sabrina Mahfouz.
Free, but booking is recommended.
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Rasha Abbas

Saturday 15 July, 4–5pm

Syrian writer Rasha Abbas presents a narrative framed by tarot cards.
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Keepers of the Flame

Saturday 15 July, 5.30–7pm

Celebrated poet Malika Booker hosts four mesmerising poets for bilingual performances of their work.
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The Waking Nightmare

Sunday 16 July, 1.30–2.45pm

Three writers working in post-revolutionary Egyptian dystopias.
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Under the Radar

Sunday 16 July, 3.15–4.30pm

Women writing from outside the Arab literary mainstream.
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Susan Abulhawa

Sunday 16 July, 5.30–7pm

Multi award winning Palestinian-American novelist Susan Abulhawa in conversation with Gillian Slovo.
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Comics and Cartoon Art From the Arab World

13 June – 29 October, all day

Explore the art, history and significance of Arab comics, cartoons, caricatures and graphic novels in works taken from the British Library’s collections.
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Shubbak at the British Library is presented in partnership with the British Library with support from the British Council, The International Prize for Arabic Fiction, Al Mawred Al Thaqafy, The British Institute for the Study of Iraq, Modern Poetry in Translation, Words Without Borders and the Institut Français. See the full programme here.




Can’t make it to the British Library? Shubbak is also collaborating with Words Without Borders and Modern Poetry in Translation to publish new English translations from a selection of ground-breaking festival artists. Head over to their websites now to read more.

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