14 May 2017

The Palestine Festival of Literature will host a reading and workshops at Al Quds University on May 15th

The Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest)

Al-Quds University - Monday, May 15, 2017


The Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest) was established in 2008 with the aim of showcasing and supporting cultural life in Palestine, breaking the cultural siege imposed on Palestinians by the Israeli military occupation, and strengthening cultural links between Palestine and the rest of the world.

Over the past ten years, PalFest has hosted some 200 authors and industry professionals from around the world. PalFest is a traveling festival. Because Palestinians’ freedom of movement is restricted by the Israeli occupation, the festival crosses military checkpoints to reach its audiences. By day, the international participants meet with artists, authors and activists and take part in politico­-historical tours that bring them face to face with the physical realities of life under occupation. By night, they take the stage alongside their Palestinian counterparts for a series of readings, performances, discussions and music. All events are free and open to the public.

Come and take part in this amazing festival!



Reading & Discussion


Library Theatre

Munib Rashid al-Masri Library


with PalFest authors:

Jehan Bseiso

Dolores Dorantes

Nathalie Handal

Suzanne Joinson


and AQB students:

Bana Abu Zuluf

Baha‘ Budair

Aya Qunber

The Palestine Festival of Literature is offering workshops with students on Monday 15 May from 11:00–12:00, following the reading. Space is limited, so please SIGN UP by writing an email with your first and second choice to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Poetry and Dissent


Other Histories, Counter-Histories


Revolutionary Journalism


Writing the Arabic World (in Arabic)

with HAIFA ZANGANA           

Jehan Bseiso is a Palestinian poet, researcher and aid worker. Her co-authored poetry collection I Remember My Name (2016) is a creative category winner at the Palestine Book Awards. Bseiso is co-editing Making Mirrors a new anthology by, for and about refugees. She has been working with Médecins sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders since 2008.

Rachel Holmes is the author, most recently, of Eleanor Marx: A Life. Her other books include The Hottentot Venus: The Life and Death of Saartjie Baartman and The Secret Life of Dr James Barry. She is currently writing a book about Sylvia Pankhurst.

Sharif Abdel Kouddous is an independent journalist based in Cairo. He is a correspondent for Democracy Now! and a fellow at the Nation Institute.

Haifa Zangana is an Iraqi author and activist. She has published novels, collections of short stories, and studies, including City of Widows, Dreaming of Baghdad, and, together with Ramsy Clark and Thomas Ehrlich Reifer, The Torturer in the Mirror. She is a founding member of the International Association of Contemporary Iraqi Studies (IACIS) and a co-founder of Tadhamun - Iraqi Women Solidarity. She works as a consultant at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and was a member of the core team writing the "Arab Integration" report. She is a weekly columnist for Al Quds Al Arabi, contributes to British and US media, and lectures regularly on Iraqi culture and women’s issues. She is the editor of Thaera' Party, (Hafla Thaera) a collection of writings by Palestinian women political ex detainees. Her current project is to encourage Tunisian women ex political prisoners to write about their experiences.