Extraordinary Rendition: (American) Writers on Palestine [London Launch]

P21 Gallery, in collaboration with Watadd, invites you to celebrate the publication of

Extraordinary Rendition: (American) Writers on Palestine (Or Books, 2015)

When –  Wednesday, 2 December, 7:30pm

Where – P21 Gallery, 21 Chalton Street, London

Who – In addition to readings by contributors Janne Teller, Ahdaf Soueif, William Sutcliffe, and Steve Willey, author Selma Dabbagh and performance poet Rafeef Ziadah will be reading and performing work.

Entry – £5

Ru Freeman has made a book unlike anything I’ve ever read. It’s a great contribution to not only to the conversation about Palestine, but to the larger one about peace and justice.”
—Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

“These varied writings—passionate, anguished, wry, intelligent—combine to produce a uniquely complex and powerful testimony. This is an extraordinary political-literary intervention.”
—Joseph O’Neill, author of Netherland

About those presenting:

Selma Dabbagh is a British Palestinian writer of fiction who lives in London. Her first novel, Out of It(Bloomsbury, 2011) was nominated as a Guardian Book of the Year. She has also written and published short stories and journalism with The Guardian, Wasafiri, International PEN, The Electronic Intifada, theLondon Review of Books, GQ and elsewhere.

Janne Teller is a New York based Danish novelist and essayist of Austrian-German origin. Her books include Odin’s Island, and the bestseller Nothing. Her prize winning passport book about life as a refugee,War—What If it Were Here, she adapts to each country where it’s published. Among her awards are the Michael L. Printz Honor Award for Literary excellency and the Drassow’s Peace Prize. Her work is translated into more than 25 languages. She is an international speaker, who has worked for the UN and EU on conflict resolution worldwide, and today a member of the Jury of the German Peace Prize.

Ahdaf Soueif’s work includes the Booker shortlisted The Map of Love, the non-fiction books, Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground, an account of events in Egypt, and Cairo: a City Transformed, and a translation of Mourid Barghouti’s I Saw Ramallah. She founded Engaged Events, a UK based charity, whose first project was the annual Palestine Festival of Literature held in occupied Palestine and Gaza. She was shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights Award, and has won the Metropolis Bleu, the Constantin Cavafy Award, and the inaugural Mahmoud Darwish Award. She was named to the list of 100 people with most influence on the English reading public (Guardian) and 100 most powerful women in the Arab world (Arabian Business).

William Sutcliffe is the author of six novels, including the international bestseller, Are You Experienced? andThe Wall, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. His novels have been translated into twenty-five languages. Concentr8 is just published in the UK and will be published by Bloomsbury USA in January 2016..

Steve Willey lives in Whitechapel, London, and is the author of Elegy (Veer Press, 2013). His ongoing project, Living In, has been published as ‘Slogans’ in Better Than Language (Ganzfeld Press, 2011), as ‘Signals: Letters to Palestine’ in Dear World and Everyone In It (Bloodaxe Books, 2013), and as ‘Mirror: Flag’ in Spiral Orb Nine (2014). He was the Summer Resident at the University of Arizona Poetry Center (August, 2014), and is Lecturer in Creative and Critical Writing at Birkbeck, University of London.

Rafeef Ziadah is a Palestinian performance poet and human rights activist based in London. Her performances of poems like ‘We Teach Life, Sir’ and ‘Shades of Anger’ went viral online within days of their release. Her long awaited album We Teach Life will be available at CDBaby in late November. Rafeef received an Ontario Arts Council Grant from the Word of Mouth programme to create her debut spoken-word album Hadeel. Since releasing her album, she has toured many countries, performing poetry and conducting workshops. She was chosen to represent Palestine at the South Bank center Poets Olympiad in 2012. www.rafeefziadah.ca


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