Selma Dabbagh is a London based British Palestinian writer of novels, short stories and plays. Her first novel, ‘Out of It,’ (Bloomsbury, 2011) is set between Gaza, London and the Gulf and has been voted Guardian Book of the Year. Selma also works as a lawyer.
At this event Selma will read and discuss the poems of other well-known Palestinian writers. Her presentation and discussion will explore how prose and poems challenge the dominant narratives on Palestine and the occupation, reaffirm Palestinian identity and maintain a constant struggle for equality and fairness, land, home and nationhood. They will explore why it is that people on a global level relate with the Palestinian cause in the way that they do and the role that the arts have in influencing activism and change.
This event is also part of Bristol Women’s Literature Festival, which aims to celebrate the work of women writers working today and throughout history by bringing together a diverse and exciting array of women writers, academics and activists to showcase the fantastic literary heritage of women.