Adult event
Uprooted – Building a Writing Community Away from Home: Deepak Unnikrishnan, Farah Ali & Noor Naga

Uprooted – Building a Writing Community Away from Home: Deepak Unnikrishnan, Farah Ali & Noor Naga

Date/Time: Sunday 6 February 2022 10:00-11:00

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

Language: English

Session No. 77 

What does literary representation look like for migrants in the region and what are some of the challenges they face in publishing today?

Our panellists discuss different models for thinking about audience and authenticity in fiction to fit the changing landscape of Anglophone literature from the UAE and reimagine what a literary community can look like here. In this lively discussion, they will explore what it means to find a home for yourself and your writing as an expatriate.

Deepak Unnikrishnan is an assistant arts professor at NYU Abu Dhabi. His debut novel Temporary People won the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, the Hindu Prize and the Moore Prize.

Farah Ali is a Pakistani poet and short story writer based in the UAE. Her work has one numerous awards, including the Pushcart Prize in 2020. Her debut short story collection People Want to Live was published Autumn 2021.

Noor Naga is an award-winning poet and novelist. Raised in Dubai, she now lives in Cairo. Her novel-in-verse, Washes, Prays, was published in 2020, and her debut nIf an Egyptian Cannot Speak English is forthcoming this April from Graywolf Press.

This panel will be in discussion with former New York Times journalist Sara Hamdan. Sara is an award-winning writer from a short story competition held by Netflix and The Evening Standard in the UK. She regularly writes pieces for Conde Nast Traveller and Travel + Leisure.

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