What Do We Want from Poets?: Jassim Al Saheeh, Nouri Al Jarrah, Qasim Saudi, Rawda Al Haj & Sara Elzein
Date/Time: Thursday 2 February 2023 18:30-19:30
Session No: 146
There is a great power that poets hold; a type of magic they never reveal. But what if they were finally to do so?
In this session, five poets will wear their hearts on their sleeves to delve into the world of poetry and music. The panellists will explore their existential wonderings, their philosophical curiosities, and the sweetness of life. Unravelling the most vulnerable and personal elements of their work, they attempt to answer the question: What does we really want from poets?
Jassim AlSaheeh is a Saudi poet from Al-Ahsa.He published several collections, the most recent of which are Birds Flying in the Trap and Terrains of Delirium. He received many awards, including the Al-Babtain Foundation Award, the third place in the Prince of Poets competition, and the Souk Akad International Prize for Eloquent Arabic Poetry.
Nouri Al Jarrah is a poet and the Editor-in-Chief of London magazine Al-Jadeed. He is the Secretary-General of the Arab Center for Geographic Literature and the Supervisor of the Ibn Battuta Prize for Journey Literature. He has published many poetry collections including A Boat to Lesbos and Other Poems and The Stone Serpent.
Qasim Saudi is a children’s poet and storyteller, short story writing coach, founder of the Let’s Write in Baghdad project, and leader of the Writing Marathon initiative to teach primary school students to write children’s short stories and launched the writing therapy initiative. His poetry collection The Musician’s Chair won the Atheer Poetry Prize in the Sultanate of Oman in 2014.
Rawda Al Haj is a Sudanese poet, politician and media personality. She is the first Sudanese poet whose poems were included as part of the Arabic Language Education curriculum, both at the school and postgraduate level, in Sudan and other Arab countries. Her poems have been translated into English, French and Turkish.
Sara Elzein is a Lebanese-French poet and novelist, born in Beirut. She has published three novels: A Ray in the Dark Night, On the Shore of Eternity and I Wish She Died, and she has a book of poetry entitled Until the Beginning of Poetry.
This session is moderated by Bilal Orfali
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