Palestine Writes Festival Features Leaders in World Culture and Politics
Headlining the Festival are luminaries of Palestinian writing in Arabic and English, including literary giants Ibrahim Nasrallah, two-time winner of the Katara Prize for Arabic Novel (Katara), and Mahmoud Shukair; acclaimed novelists Hala Alayan and Randa Jarrar, and notable Palestinian visual artists, including Samia Halabi.
Palestine Writes is excited to announce that our keynote event will be a discussion among three legendary writers and champions for universal dignity. For the first time ever Angela Davis, Hanan Ashrawi and Jeremy Corbyn will share a stage together to discuss culture, solidarity and internationalism.
All told, more than 70 international scholars, writers, artists and activists will take part, including, Kenyan poet and playwright Shailja Patel; prize-winning historian Robin D.G. Kelley; Oglala Lakota educator and poet Mark Tilsen; and indigenous scholar and Red Nation activist Nick Estes.
The Festival will open December 2nd with an evening on-line Poetry Slam, featuring leading Palestinian, Indigenous, and Black poets. Among the feature writers will Rafeef Ziadeh, Ibrahim Nasrallah, Fady Joudah and Dareen Tatour. In conjunction with the Palestinian Museum, the Festival will also feature an exhibit of prominent Palestinian visual artists.
Palestine Writes will also offer special opportunities for teachers, university faculty, and their students to attend critical discussions on Palestinian writing; author readings; music performances; cooking classes; and children’s programming age 5–10.
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Rima Najjar is a Palestinian whose father’s side of the family comes from the forcibly depopulated village of Lifta on the western outskirts of Jerusalem and whose mother’s side of the family is from Ijzim, south of Haifa. She is an activist, researcher and retired professor of English literature, Al-Quds University, occupied West Bank.