How does writing away from home affect the literary production of Palestinian writers?
Anwar Hamed was born in the West Bank in 1957, where he began writing and publishing his stories. In 1980 he moved to Hungary, and there he found a new audience for his work. He is the author of The Bridge of Babylon, Stones of Pain, Scheherazade Tells Tales No More, The Game of Love and Pride and Jaffa Prepares Morning Coffee. Hamed moved to London in 2004 and currently works as a journalist at the BBC. His novelJaffa Prepares Morning Coffee takes place in the Palestinian city of Jaffa and the nearby village of Bait Dajan in the 1940s and was long listed for the 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) one of the most prestigious and important literary prizes in the Arab world.
Ahmed Masoud who grew up in the Gaza Strip, is a writer, director and academic, author of Vanished – The Mysterious Disappearance of Mustafa Ouda. He is founder of Al Zaytouna, a leading dance group in Europe, aiming to provide Western audiences with the opportunity to experience Palestinian culture through theatre, dance and music. Ahmed is a playwright who has written and directed a range of plays including Unto the Breach , an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V set in Palestine, Walaa – Loyalty, on the Syrian crisis,The Shroud Maker and Camouflage, a comedy.
Ghada Karmi. Born in Jerusalem, she was forced to leave her home with her family as a result of Israel’s creation in 1948. The family moved to England in 1949. Her books includeMarried to Another Man (Pluto Press, 2007) and In Search of Fatima (Verso, 2002). She practised as a doctor for many years specialising in the health of migrants and refugees and subsequently held research appointments on Middle Eastern politics and culture at SOAS University of London and at Durham and Leeds universities. She led a major project on Israel-Palestinian reconciliation (1999-2001) and is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter.
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