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Alaa Abdul-Hadi, Layla El Atrash and Hyam Yared in conversation with Iman Humaydan

PEN Centre Lebanon: New Challenges

Beirut 2013, 

A conversation with staff members of the Jordanian, Egyptian, and Lebanese PEN Centres around the importance of Arab PEN Centres in the region. What are the aims, the values and the multilingual literary spaces that PEN creates, and what challenges do PEN Centres encounter in their individual countries?

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Talal Husseini and Nahla Chahal in conversation with Dalal Al Bizri

PEN Centre Lebanon: Writing In A Sectarian Society

Beirut 2013, 

What is the role of the writer in a deeply divided sectarian society? How does the writer ‘speak truth to power’ in such a society? And how does he or she contribute to the transformation of consciousness? How can writers exit their individualities and enter into a larger national space?

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Abbas Beydoun, Wael Abd el Fattah and Rabab El Mahdi in conversation with Iskandar Habache

Co-organised with PEN Lebanon and supported by PEN International PEN International Free the Word! e

Beirut 2013, 

Does a writer have any duty to recount certain stories, to attempt to tell the truth, even? And in societies where freedom of expression is limited or censorship imposed, do such responsibilities increase? Writers from Egypt and Lebanon discuss their experiences with censorship and publishing in the region. 

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Kamal Mouzawak in conversation with Rosie Boycott

Food And The City

Beirut 2013, 

Kamal Mouzawak created the first farmers’ market in Beirut (Souk el-Tayeb), preserving both food traditions and the culture of sustainable agriculture in Lebanon, while boosting the business of small producers. His celebrated restaurant Tawlet, a model of social enterprise, is one of Beirut’s more innovative and celebrated restaurants, and he has just opened a second Tawlet restaurant in the beautiful Bekaa valley. Kamal will discuss food, its relationship to the city and its inhabitants, and how development needs to be achieved carefully when it comes to where we live and what we eat. Rosie Boycott is a journalist, writer and the chairman of London Food, part of Mayor Boris Johnson’s attempt to improve Londoners’ access to healthy, locally produced and affordable food. Followed by a tasting provided by Tawlet.

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Christoph Peters is a German author of novels and short stories. His novel Stadt Land Fluss was published in 1999, and won the ‘aspekte’ prize for the best German literary debut; it was followed by a collection of short stories in 2001, and in 2007 his first novel to be published in English, The Fabric Of Night. Mohammed Hanif (Pakistan) is a writer and journalist, author of the award-winning A Case Of Exploding Mangoes, which was shortlisted for the 2008 Guardian First Book Award and longlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize, and subsequently won the 2009 Commonwealth Book Prize and the 2008 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize. Hanif has also written for the stage and screen, including a feature film, The Long Night (2002). They talk to writer and journalist Jonathan Levi.

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Hanif Kureishi in conversation with Rosie Boycott

Beirut 2013, 

Hanif Kureishi, CBE, is an English playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker, novelist and short story writer. In 2008, The Times included Kureishi in their list of ‘50 greatest British writers since 1945’. The themes of his work have touched on topics of race, nationalism, immigration and sexuality. He is the author of many celebrated books such as The Buddha Of Suburbia, the script of the film My Beautiful Laundrette and his recent novel Something To Tell You. He talks to Rosie Boycott.

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Jon McNaught and Conz in conversation with Michèle Standjofski

Graphic Tales

Beirut 2013, 

British Jon McNaught is the creator of a very special graphic style, using screen-printing and lithography to create miniature images and silent narratives, capturing quiet moments in small, inky panels. Belgian Conz made his debut in 2004 with the semi-autobiographical album Toen ik nog Baas van de Wereld was (‘When I Still Ruled The World’, pub. Oogachtend), which won the prize for the best début at the Turnhout comics festival. He is currently working on his dream project, the science-fiction graphic novel De Wraak van de Walvis (‘The Whale’s Revenge’). In conversation with Michèle Standjofski.

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The writers share examples of their work in the original language with the audience. Samah Al Shaik (Palestine), Rewa Zeinati (Lebanon), Abdullah Abu Shumais (Palestine), Isra’a Kalash (Palestine), Karl Ove Knausgård (Norway), Jonathan Levi (USA), Owen Sheers (UK), Christoph Peters (Germany) and Hind Shoufani (Palestine). Presented by John Kampfner.

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Three finalists of the International Prize for Arab Fiction 2013 will talk to Fadi Tofeili about their recent books. With Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Hasan Alwan, Kuwait’s Saud Alsanousi and Jana Elhassan from Lebanon.

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Fawaz Traboulsi, Helena Kennedy and Hanif Kureishi in conversation with John Kampfner

Google Debates 1; Freedom Of Expression: A Universal Right?

Beirut 2013, 

Many people consider freedom of expression as a universal right that must not be compromised. In an age of cultural relativism and complex relations between religion, culture and the state, what is the right way to move forward on this debate? Three international heavyweights, Baroness Helena Kennedy (UK), Fawaz Traboulsi (Lebanon) and Hanif Kureishi (UK) discuss with John Kampfner.

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Patrick Deville a reçu le Prix Femina 2012 pour son dernier ouvrage Peste et choléra. Fondateur de la Maison des Écrivains Étrangers et Traducteurs de Saint-Nazaire (France) et grand voyageur (il a visité le Moyen-Orient, l’Afrique et l’Amérique centrale), il est l’auteur de plus de dix romans traduits dans une douzaine de langues.

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Frédéric Martel

La Culture Mainstream

Beirut 2013, 

Le sociologue et journaliste français présente son livre Mainstream: Enquête sur la guerre globale de la culture et des médias, qui analyse l’état dans le monde de la culture de divertissement et son importance en termes de compréhension de la situation géopolitique actuelle. Une analyse du présent qui met l’accent sur des types plus subtils du pouvoir.

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Helena Kennedy in conversation with Hani Shukrallah

Beirut 2013, 

Baroness Helena Kennedy is a British barrister, broadcaster and Labour Member of the House of Lords. She was an avant-garde voice in the seventies and eighties, writing and broadcasting on the discrimination experienced by women in Law. She was also a founding member of Charter 88, a constitutional reform group set up in 1988 in response to growing concerns about outdated British institutions. Her skills as a lawyer and social reformer have taken her into many different fields of activity, making her especially committed to the arts. She will speak with Hani Shukrallah, journalist and author of Egypt, The Arabs And The World: Reflections At The Turn Of The 21st Century.

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International bestselling Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgård has written autobiographical books that have sparked controversy and fascination in equal measure. His novel A Time For Everything was described by the New York Review of Books as ‘marvellous’. He talks to Jonathan Levi about his six autobiographical novels in the My Struggle series.

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Hani Shukrallah, Tom Fletcher and Elham Saudi in conversation with Samir Elbahaie

Google Debates 2; From Dictatorship To Democracy: A Not-so-easy Journey

Beirut 2013, 

The end of a dictatorship is always something to be celebrated, but how do you move from an authoritarian regime to a democratic society? Hani Shukrallah (Egypt), Tom Fletcher (UK) and Elham Saudi (Libya) discuss the ‘road to democracy’ with Samir Elbahaie (Egypt).

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Xanadu* Poetry Slam

Beirut 2013, 

Xanadu* and The Poeticiansare proud to be hosting the closing party for the Hay Festival.  The closing event will include a dynamic and moving  spoken word/poetry performance by Poeticians founder Hind Shoufani, as well as Poeticians Rewa Zeinati, The Amazin' Sardine, Tina Fish and surprise performances by more poets and musicians...... The evening will also be hosting the launch of yet another xanadu* publication-- Rewa Zeinati's first book (of creative non-fiction) entitled, Nietzsche's Camel Must Die.

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