Adult event
The Thing with Feathers: Danabelle Gutierrez, Mark Fiddes, Omar Sabbagh & Sascha A Akhtar

The Thing with Feathers: Danabelle Gutierrez, Mark Fiddes, Omar Sabbagh & Sascha A Akhtar

Date/Time: Wednesday 9 February 2022 14:00-15:00

Venue: Al Joud Ballroom 3, Hilton, Al Habtoor City

Language: English

Session No. 118 

‘Hope is the thing with feathers / That perches in the soul / And sings the tune without the words / And never stops at all’ – Emily Dickinson

When times get tough, it’s not always easy to see the light at the end of the tunnel. What better way to celebrate the hopeful theme of this year’s festival than with poetry - the art form that Auden described as the ‘clear expression of mixed feelings’. Come and hear four poets each read and discuss pieces of their own work inspired by the 2022 theme ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and the work of other poets they admire that embraces hope in inspiring and refreshing ways.

Danabelle Gutierrez is a multi-awarded writer, actress, and photographer. She is the author of poetry books I Long To Be The River and & Until The Dreams Come and chapbooks Eventually, The River Surrenders and Softer.

Mark Fiddes is an award-winning poet whose work has been published by Poetry Review, The London Magazine, The Irish Times, and more. Winner of the Oxford Brookes University International Prize and the Ruskin Prize, and a runner up for the Robert Graves Prize, the Bridport Prize and the UK National Poetry Competition, his debut collection The Rainbow Factory was followed up with Other Saints Are Available in 2021.

Omar Sabbagh is a poet, writer and critic, whose work has appeared in Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, The London Magazine, and more. He has published several poetry collections including But It Was an Important Failure and his latest, Morning Lit: Portals After Alia, was published just this year.

Sascha A. Akhtar is a poet, writer and translator working in English and Urdu. Her poetry collections include The Grimoire of Grimalkin, 199 Japanese Names for Japanese Trees and #LoveLikeBlood, and her work Poems For Eliot was named the number one poem of the last five years in Poetry Wales 2019.

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