Tuesday 29 January

“I do not want for this poem to end”
Palestinian Life Stories, Poetry and Cultural Resistance

Mahmood Darwish

Mahmood Darwish (1941-2008)


This special event includes readings and a conversation between Dina Matar and Atef Alshaer on different ways of narrating Palestine, and why telling, witnessing and archiving memories and personal narratives are politically and existentially significant for Palestinians.

During the evening Alshaer will read from acclaimed poet, Mahmoud Darwish, and Matar will read excerpts of  life stories from her book “What it Means to be Palestinian: Stories of Palestinian Peoplehood”.

Followed by an audience discussion.

Middle Eastern food available at the bar.   All welcome!  

Dr Atef Alshaer was born in Gaza in 1982. Atef’s writings  focus on Arabic language and literature, and the cultural and political dynamics and discourses in the Arabic-speaking world. Currently he is a Leverhulme Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Political Communication at SOAS. He writes and translates poetry.

Dr Dina Matar is Lecturer in Arab Media and International Political Communication at the Centre for Film and Media Studies, SOAS. She is a former foreign correspondent and editor covering the Middle East, Europe and Africa. She is a co-editor of the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication.   Dina is interested in the relationship between politics, culture and communication in the Arab world, especially in discourses of power and resistance. Also in processes of empowerment and democratization, particularly as experienced by emerging communities and forces in the Arab world, Islamist politics; Arab cultural studies; memory and oral history, diasporas and social movements.

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