Maya Abu Al Hayyat Glasgow Women’s Library 20 August

palestinian poetMaya Abu Al Hayyat

Glasgow Women’s Library

20 August, 2014 – 2 p.m.

Please join us for an intimate afternoon of poetry and discussion with Maya Abu al-Hayyat, Magi Gibson, and Abla Oudeh.

Maya Abu al Hayyat is a Palestinian writer of novels, poetry and short stories. She was born in 1980 in Lebanon. She completed her BSc degree in Civil Engineering at Al-Najah University in 2003, and since then has written a number of books of stories and poetry.

In 2005 she was awarded the Young Creative Writer Award by the Ministry of Culture, followed in 2006 with the Young Writer Award for Poetry from the A. M. Qattan Foundation. Her short story for children, The Red Bird was translated into English in 2011, and her poetry has been included in new anthology A Bird is Not a Stone.

A_bird_is_not_a_stone_270.270She will be joined by the GWL’s writer in residence Magi Gibson, and Abla Oudeh who is a a Palestinian translator and one of the forces behind A Bird Is Not A Stone .

‘The tragic story of Palestine continues to stain this new century with its tales of apartheid and injustice. It is no surprise that great art is born out of its suffering and also no surprise that most people in the outer world do not get to hear of it. Therefore this exquisite book of poems must be all the more welcomed – by all those who love art, who would denounce oppression, and who want to read the songs of those living behind the wall.’ Emma Thompson, Oscar-winning actor

‘A Bird is Not a Stone is a fabulous, landmark collection, an example of poetry’s ability to transcend borders, cultures and languages in order to celebrate our shared humanity. These poems resound with both the ephemera of the everyday, and also the tragedies lived beneath an ever-present threat of violence. Not just beautiful, they are important for the voices they give sound to, and their translations by some of these Islands’ best poets are vital reminders of what we know, what we forget, and what we have to learn from Palestine.’ Carol Ann Duffy, British Poet Laureate

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