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Workshop 3

24 January 2020

Glow of the Senses: Women Writing of Love and Loss

Huzama Habayeb & Hanan al-Shaykh

The Keynes Library, School of Arts, Birkbeck College, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

In the third workshop of this 2019-2020 series, the prize-winning writer Huzama Habayeb, author of Before the Queen Falls Asleep and Velvet (2016, translated Kay Heikkinen, 2019), discussed her fiction with Hanan al-Shaykh, acclaimed novelist, memoirist and short story writer, author of Women of Sand and Myrrh (trans. 1992) and The Story of Zahra (Trans 1994). Themes to explore included: the depiction of women’s passions, the experience of war and the camps, and approaches to dislocation, disempowerment and loss.

The group sessions provided the scope to be innovative about participation and collaboration for literary creativity.

Workshop material:

Part 1: Huzama Habayeb presents Velvet

Discussion 1 – Huzama Habayeb

Discussion 2 – Huzama Habayeb

Part 2: Huzama Habayeb in conversation with Hanan al-Shaykh

Abstract from the Land of the Sun – Hanan al-Shaykh

Abstract from History of Zahra – Hanan al-Shaykh

Part 3: Translation workshop with Huzama Habayeb & Hanan al-Shaykh

Arabic translation handout – Huzama Habayeb

English translation handout – Huzama Habayeb

Public event: Huzama Habayeb & Hanan al-Shaykh, readings with Marina Warner & Wen-chin Ouyang

24 January 2020

SOAS, University of London

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