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In Town Tonight: Hisham Bustani and Phoebe Power

Wednesday 5 December 2018, 7:00 pm9:00 pm

£6 – £8

Save the date for a very special In Town Tonight with Hisham Bustani and Phoebe Power

Hisham Bustani is an award-winning Jordanian author of five collections of short fiction and poetry. He is acclaimed for his bold style and unique narrative voice, and often experiments with the boundaries of short fiction and prose poetry. Much of his work revolves around issues related to social and political change, particularly the dystopian experience of post-colonial modernity in the Arab world. His work has been described as “bringing a new wave of surrealism to [Arabic] literary culture, which missed the surrealist revolution of the last century.” Hisham’s fiction and poetry have been translated into many languages, with English-language translations appearing in prestigious journals across the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, including The Kenyon Review, The Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, World Literature Today, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. In 2009, he was chosen by the German review Inamo as one of the Arab world’s emerging and influential new writers. In 2013, the U.K.-based cultural webzine The Culture Trip listed him as one of Jordan’s top six contemporary writers. His book The Perception of Meaning (Syracuse University Press, 2015) won the 2014 University of Arkansas Arabic Translation Award. He is the recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Residency for Artists and Writers for 2017.

If you came to the Winter 2017 Poetry Review launch, you’ll remember his poetry film. If not, or if you’d like to rewatch it before joining us to welcome him in person, you can do so right here:

Reading with Hisham is Phoebe Power.

Phoebe was a Foyle Young Poet of the Year in 2009, so has long been a friend of The Poetry Society. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2012, and her debut collection, Shrines of Upper Austria (Carcanet), was awarded the 2018 Forward Prize for Best First Collection and is shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize. Phoebe has recently collaborated with other artists on projects including a live performance of her pamphlet Harp Duet (Eyewear, 2016), and Christl, a video installation involving poetry, visual art and sound. She currently lives in York. 

Meet at 7pm for chatting and mingling, and start the readings at 7.30pm.