Representing Conflict Now – Imperial War Museum

Join artists, poets and photographers at the Imperial War Museum on Saturday June 17 to hear about how we respond to contemporary conflicts through live poetry performances, discussion panels and art installations. As part of the Imperial War Museum’s Meet the Author series, Giles Duley will also be signing copies of his book I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See: Photographs from the Refugee Crisis, which documents the refugee crisis in all its horror, tragedy and humanity, from 2.00pm – 3.30pm.

London Radical Bookfair

Saqi Books will be staging a debut presence at this year’s London Radical Bookfair 2017! We will be joining other progressive and independent publishers to celebrate a radical politics that forms an essential part of our work. The event is free and held at Goldsmiths University on Saturday 26th June, 12-6pm. We look forward to seeing you there! For more details, visit the Bookfair’s website.

Laila Parsons UK Events

We’re very excited to be welcoming Laila Parsons to the UK this month to talk about her book The Commander: Fawzi al-Qawuqji and the Fight for Arab Independence 1914-1948. The Commander is a well-crafted, definitive biography that tells Qawuqji’s dramatic story in the full context of his turbulent times and was recently crowned Winner of the Society for Military History’s 2017 Distinguished Book Award. Events will take place at the University of Oxford’s Middle East Centre on the 28 April and in London at the Arab British Centre and LMEI on the 2 May. Please see seperate websites for further details.

author photograph by Lea Grahovac

Hay Festival Programme Announced

Join Sabrina Mahfouz, Aliyah Hasinah Holder and Samira Shackle at Hay Festival this June

Event 415 • Saturday 3 June 2017, 10am • Venue: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage

Mahfouz introduces her vibrant anthology The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write with two of her star contributors. Hear from users of Islamic Tinder, a disenchanted Maulana working as a TV chat show host and a plastic surgeon blackmailed by MI6. Follow the career of an actress with Middle Eastern heritage whose dreams of playing a ghostbuster spiral into repeat castings as a jihadi bride. Among stories of honour killings and ill-fated love in besieged locations, we also find heart-warming connections and powerful challenges to the status quo.

AWAN Festival March 2017

On March 11 Saqi author Sabrina Mahfouz will be taking part in a Q&A session at Rich Mix. Sabrina, editor of The Things I Would Tell You, will be in conversation as part of the Arab Women Artists Now festival that runs until March 19. AWAN, in its third year, is a dynamic and engaging showcase that celebrates Arab women artists from UK, Europe and beyond. Sabrina will be on stage at 18.30, the final session of a day filled with artist talks, documentary film screenings, spokenword poetry and video-art performance as AWAN take over the building from 11.30. Tickets cost £5 for the day and can be purchased here.

BBC Arabic Festival

On March 24 Saqi will be selling books at the BBC Arabic Festival’s opening day pop-up market. We will be at the Broadcasting House World Piazza alongside food stalls producing flavours from across the Arab World and the electrifying Syrian music duo Khaled Kurbeh and Raman Khalaf. The festival runs until March 30 and sees international filmmakers celebrating the Arab world. All events are free and include a diverse range of film screenings, Q&As, panel discussions and other special events. It promises to be a vibrant celebration of Arabic culture and we hope to see you there!