Mourid Barghouti In Conversation with Marcello Di Cintio

Writing on the Wall are excited to share with us their full WoWFest18 Crossing Borders programme and invite you to join them to celebrate their 18th annual festival as Liverpool’s longest running literary and writing organisation. Join an exciting array of artists including Lily Allen, Robert Webb, Akala, LowKey, Benjamin Zephaniah, Mourid Barghouti, Carmen Bugan, Paul Farley, Stephen James Smith, Kit de Waal, ErwinJames, Jordan Stephens, Phil Scraton, Beatrix Campbell, Caroline Moran, Kate Evans, Hamja Ahsan, Potent Whisper and Amineh AbouKerech, 13-year old winner of the Betjemin Prize.

Writing on the Wall’s innovative and radical writing and literature festival will be taking over the city from the 1st-31st May 2018.

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Mourid Barghouti In Conversation with Marcello Di Cintio

19th May – The Bluecoat, 4.30pm

Join multiple award-winning internationally acclaimed writers Mourid Barghouti and Marcello Di Cintio for a moving and insightful discussion on exile, displacement, belonging and political turmoil. A truly one-of-a-kind event featuring a voice of a generation.

In 1966, the Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti, then twenty-two, left his country of Palestine to return to university in Cairo. A year later came the Six Day War and Barghouti, like many Palestinians living abroad, was denied entry into his homeland. Thirty years later, he was finally allowed to visit Ramallah, the city he had grown up in. I Saw Ramallah, his extraordinarily beautiful account of homecoming, begins at this crossing, filled with its ironies and heartaches.

Canadian author Marcello Di Cintio begins his new book, Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense, by following Barghouti's footsteps across that same bridge. His book offers a window into the literary heritage of Palestine that transcends the narrow language of conflict. Di Cintio's previous book, Walls: Travels Along the Barricades, explored what it means to live in the shadows of walls, fences and other fortified borders. Walls won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and  the Wilfred Eggleston Prize for Non-Fiction. 

Supported by Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival, Saqi Books and The British Council.