Arabic Poetry and Stories in Translation

Arabic Poetry and Stories in Translation

Arabic Poetry and Stories in Translation Workshops
A Series of Workshops Presented by Marina Warner and Wen-chin Ouyang

Full website of workshops here

'It was and it was not…'- Translation in Action (from Arabic to English)

May 11, May 25, June 6, June 25 2017 (Oxford)
Hanan al- Shaykh, Hoda Barakat, Adhaf Soueif, Tamim al-Barghouti

Pilgrimage & Beyond
November 8 2019 (Birkbeck)
Haifa Zangana & Wen-chin Ouyang

The Poetics of the Tale
December 6 2019 (SOAS)
Yasmine Seale & Robert Irwin

Glow of the Senses: Women Writing of Love and Loss
January 24 2020 (SOAS)
Huzama Habayeb & Hanan al-Shaykh

The Arabic Translation Workshop began as a continuation in spirit of the 'The Bearer-Beings' events at Oxford in 2016 and initially consisted of four translation and creative writing workshops in London.

The aim of this series is to explore how non-Arabic speakers can participate and learn from processes of translation from Arabic, and thereby to understand how such collaborative translation practices can help build imaginative communities to address the current migration crisis. Writers with other languages were especially integral during this workshop as bridges to Arabic and a third of those who were present were Arabists or native speakers of Arabic.

The first series of workshops in 2017 were in small groups, limited to twenty-four participants, focused on rendering Arabic, including literature from Sicily during the period when Arabic was one of the island's languages. Participants looked at stories from the Arabian Nights (including verse passages), folklore, and the contemporary writing of Hanan al-Shaykh, Adhaf Soueif, and Tamim al-Barghouti (all of whom visited the workshops to read and discuss their work).

To view a flyer for the first series of workshops in 2017, as well as a more detailed description of the objectives, please click here.

To view a video of group discussions during the initial workshop series please see the YouTube channel here.

More dates to be announced.
Funded by CHASE, at Birkbeck College and School of Oriental and African Studies, London


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