SOAS University of London

Centre for Palestine Studies

Readings from The Book of Gaza with short story authors Nayrouz Qarmout and Mona Abu Sharekh



Nayrouz Qarmout and Mona Abu Sharekh

Date: 27 May 2015Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 27 May 2015Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102

Type of Event: Reading

The Book of Gaza is a collection of short stories by three generations of Palestinian authors in Gaza, who have each developed their literary voices since Israel's 1967 occupation. Together, the stories present a literary map of the city, and a reflection of the inner life of a place usually relegated to news headlines. Published just before the outbreak of Israel's 'Operation Protective Edge' in the summer of 2014, the contributors have since lived through yet another period of intense and deadly conflict. Mona and Nayrouz are two of the five women who contributed to the ten-story volume.

Nayrouz Qarmout was born in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus in 1984 and was returned to the Gaza Strip as a refugee, as part of the 1994 Israeli-Palestinian Peace Agreement. She currently works in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.

Mona Abu Sharekh’s family was originally from Ashkelon (her father being expelled from his land in 1948). Her first collection of short stories, What the Madman Said was published in 2008 by the Palestinian Writers Union.

Comma Press is an award-winning independent publishing house based in Manchester. In 2014 they won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize with Hassan Blasim's The Iraqi Christ. Comma is committed to a spirit of risk-taking and challenging publishing, free of the commercial pressures on mainstream houses. Comma Press is supported by Arts Council England.

Organiser: Centre for Palestine Studies and Comma Press

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