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A Celebration of
Palestinian Literature

April-May 2015

This series of free events explored contemporary writing and experience of Palestinians from Nablus and beyond.

Events list

See below for full details.
A Rug of a Thousand Colours

Poetry reading with Tessa Ransford and Iyad Hayatleh

Thur 16th April 20157–8pm
Wild Thorns

A discussion of this important novel by Sahar Khalifa

Wed 22nd April 20157–8pm

Creative writing workshop (booking essential)

Sat 25th April 201511am–1pm
Palestinian stories

Palestinian stories performed by Blether Tay–Gither

Tue 28th April 20157pm–9pm
Being Palestinian

Palestinians from the diaspora share their experiences

Sat 2nd May 20152pm–4pm
A Bird is not a Stone

Poetry event based on this book


Event details

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A Rug of a Thousand Colours

Thur 16th April 2015 19:00—20:00
in the Folk Cafe, 118 Nethergate, Dundee DD1 4EH

The book is an exploratory project between Iyad Hayatleh - a Palestinian poet who is now a resident in Scotland - and Tessa Ransford - an established Scottish poet. The poems explore Tessa and Iyad's personal responses to the Five Pillars of Islam. They form a dialogue which is interwoven throughout the poems to create a vivid tapestry of ideas. Each poet translates the other's work so that each poem is presented in English and in Arabic.

Unfortunately Tessa was too ill to be able to participate but Iyad read his contributions and we were very grateful to A

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Wild Thorns

Wed 22nd April 2015 19:00—20:00
at Wighton Room, Central Library, Dundee DD1 1DB

A discussion of this important novel by Nabulsi writer Sahar Khalifa was led by Zoe Venditozzi, reader in residence at Dundee Libraries.

First published in 1976, this book is one of the first novels to describe life in Palestine under Israeli occupation. Sahar Khalifa is a respected Palestinian author of several novels and essays. She founded the Womens' Affairs Centre in Nablus.

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Sat 25th April 2015 11:00—13.00
at ArtAngel, 45 North Lindsay Street, Dundee DD1 1PW

This creative writing workshop was led by Beth McDonough, writer in residence at DCA.

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Palestinian stories

Tue 28th April 2015 19:00—21:00
at Madigan's Food Emporium, Castle Street, Dundee DD1 3AA

Members of Blether Tay-Gither performed stories from or wth a Palestinian theme.

They are a small group who meet once a month in Dundee to tell and listen to stories.

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Being Palestinian

Sat 2nd May 2015 14:00—16:00
at Roseangle CafeArts, 132 Perth Road, Dundee DD1 4JW

This event is inspired by the book "Being Palestinian".

Our speakers were Salwa Jones, Mohamad Issa and Nadia el-Nakla, who gave their personal reflections on being Palestinian.

Many forces have resulted in a large diaspora of Palestinians living in Dundee and elsewhere in Scotland and beyond. Their reflections on Palestinian identity covered individual experiences, issues of identity, exile, refugee status, nostalgia, belonging and alienation.

Social Event

We were able to discuss the talks between ourselves and the speakers over a coffee.

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A Bird is not a Stone Postponed

Unfortunately the joint organisers of this event have asked us to postpone it until October


We gratefully thank many people and organisations for their help in making this festival possible, including:

Art Angel, Dundee
Scottish Book Trust
Scottish Friends of Palestine
Blether Tay-Gither
Roseangle Cafe Arts
Folk Cafe
Madigan's Food Emporium

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Friendship and Understanding

We promote friendship and understanding between the people of Nablus and the people of Dundee.

Young people from Dundee and Nablus
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Friends of Nablus and Surrounding Areas

A Scottish charity which supports Palestinians in and around Nablus.



We provide speakers for local community groups. Several topics and formats available.

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