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Poeticians with a PUNCH 4

Poeticians with a PUNCH 4

Thursday 7 March, 8pm-9.30pm

Zaytoun, Crowne Plaza Hotel, DFC

A Festival favourite returns as the UAE-based poetry groups Poeticians and PUNCH Poetry reunite for an evening of readings from some of Dubai’s finest local talent featuring a special international guest, LionHeart.

Curated by Zeina Hashem Beck and Hind Shoufani, the lineup of cutting-edge poets will perform against the backdrop of Dubai Creek on the terrace at Zaytoun Restaurant, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dubai Festival City.

Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet whose second collection Louder Than Hearts won the May Sarton New Hampshire Book Prize. She is the founder and host of PUNCH Poetry.

Hind Shoufani is a Palestinian filmmaker and writer. She has written two poetry books titled Inkstains On The Edge Of Light and More Life Than Death Could Bear. She is currently working on two feature films, and her third poetry book.

Frank Dullaghan is an Irish poet whose work has been widely published in international literary journals. He has written four poetry collections: On the Back of the Wind, Enough Light to See the Dark, The Same Roads Back and Lifting the Latch, as well as the poetry pamphlet Secrets of the Body and the screenplay Melody.

Marie Dullaghan is an Irish poet living in Dubai. Her poems have appeared in The Shop and The High Window. She has written and produced a prize-winning short play. 

Danabelle Gutierrez is a vagabond, born in the Philippines and raised everywhere; she has been moving from country to country and taking photographs along the way since she was eight-years old. She is the author of I Long To Be The River and & Until The Dreams Come.

Anuradha Vijayakrishnan is an author and poet whose debut novel, Seeing the Girl, was longlisted in 2007 for the Man Asian Literary Prize. In 2010, her poetry was nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes. Her first poetry collection is The Who-Am-I Bird.

Mark Fiddes is author of The Rainbow Factory and The Chelsea Flower Show Massacre (both Templar Poetry). Recently, he’s won the Ruskin Prize, the Dromineer Festival Prize and was runner-up in the Bridport Prize – with two poems shortlisted in this year’s Keats-Shelley Prize.

Farah Ali is from Karachi, Pakistan. Her poems have appeared in Versal and Glass: A Journal of Poetry. She received a special mention in the 2018 Pushcart anthology. Her fiction has won Colorado Review’s Nelligan Prize and Copper Nickel’s Editors’ Prize in Prose.

Rasha Al Duwaisan is an oral historian who chronicled the lives of the Kuwaiti community in Bombay for her Master’s Thesis at Harvard University. In 2016, she produced an audio-visual installation on narratives of migration between the UAE and India at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

Tishani Doshi publishes poetry, fiction and essays. Her most recent book is a collection of poems, Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods (Copper Canyon Press). A forthcoming novel, Small Days and Nights is forthcoming from Bloomsbury. 

Dana Dajani is an award-winning Palestinian actor and writer based in Dubai. As a poet, Dana uses her background in theatre to give her spoken word a very performative edge. She has recorded two collaboration albums with local musicians, and performs with an acoustic ensemble called Floetics.

Ravi Shankar has published or edited over a dozen books. Along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he edited W.W. Norton’s Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond. He has won a Pushcart Prize and a Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner. His “Many Uses of Mint: New and Selected Poems 1997-2017” was published by Recent Works Press in 2018.

LionHeart is a BBC Radio London Presenter, TEDx Speaker, award-winning poet and International SpokenWord Performer. He is the author of debut poetry collection The Mute’s Rebellion, which excavates memories of social anxiety, selective mutism, upbringing, emotional vulnerability and more.

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