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Writing Revolution: The voices from Tunis to Damascus

From Cairo to Damascus, Tunisia to Bahrain, we bring together some of the best new writing born out of the profound changes shaking the Middle East

From Cairo to Damascus, Tunisia to Bahrain, Writing Revolution brings together some of the best new writing born out of the profound changes shaking the region.

We will be joined by the editors and two of the contributors to talk about their work and how it has been shaped and influenced by the historic events unfolding around them. They will be reflecting on what they have witnessed and documented, and the political and poetic engagement with questions of identity and activism.

Bringing together authors, journalists, activists, students, writers and bloggers this collection of writing offers a moving testimony to the hopefulness and the heartbreak that has been witnessed across the Arab world.

Chaired by Lyse Doucet, BBC presenter and chief international correspondent.

The editors:

Matthew Cassel is a journalist and photographer based in the Middle East since 2004. Formerly assistant editor of The Electronic Intifada online journal, he is a journalist with Al Jazeera English and a contributor to numerous other publications.

Layla Al-Zubaidi is director of the Southern Africa Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Cape Town. She headed the Foundation’s Middle East Office in Beirut for six years, served as Program Manager at its office in Ramallah and worked for several media and development institutions.

The contributors:

Ali Aldairy is a Bahraini researcher, linguist and cultural critic, interested in philosophy and religion. A long standing activist, he was involved in the Bahraini uprising in 2011 and was forced to leave the country. In exile he founded the online Arabic newspaper Mira’at al-Bahrain (The Bahrain Mirror).

Mohamed Mesrati is a Libyan writer and journalist residing in the UK. He started to publish his short stories online in 2007. He works as a journalist for El Kef newspaper, which has featured his investigative reports on social issues in Libya. An extract from his novel-in-progress Mama Pizza appeared in Banipal No. 40.


Matthew Cassel | talks
Lyse Doucet | talks
Layla Al-Zubaidi | talks
Ali Aldairy | talks
Mohamed Mesrati | talks


Date and Time:

28 May 2013 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



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