Chapters of Us
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Venue: Chapters of Us, 44 Simpson Street, Liverpool, L1 0AX
Accessibility: Fully accessible
Between Two Islands is an evening of poetry and conversation, exploring the relationship between Bahrain, Britain and the British Bahrainis caught with a foot on either island.
In January–February 2021, fourteen Bahrainis living in the UK, amongst them second-generation immigrants, migrants, students and diasporans, came together to write poetry exploring their experiences as a community far from their heart’s homeland.
The workshops, facilitated by Amina Atiq, were funded by Arts Council England and resulted in the publication of the Between Two Islands anthology and The Future soundscape. It is the first Bahraini community arts project of its kind in Britain.
Now performing a mix of poems from the anthology and new materials in both English and Arabic, join the poets at Chapters of Us for a conversation on how new community links are forged, and to explore questions of homeland and language in the midst of the pandemic.
The event will be live with an intimate audience in Liverpool and broadcast digitally.
Produced by Ali Al-Jamri and Taher Adel, and hosted by Nasima Begum. With performances by and conversation with Ali Al-Jamri, Taher Adel, Fatema Abuidrees, Zaynab Al-Khawaja, Mohamed Arab, Maryam AlSaleh, and Jenan Alhasabi.
This event will also be live streamed on LAAF’s Facebook page.
Ali Al-Jamri is a poet, translator and teacher based in Manchester. He edited the Between Two Islands, published by No Disclaimers. His work has been published in Modern Poetry in Translation, Bahr, Zindabad, Consilience and anthologies, and he has produced poetry and events for Manchester City of Literature, Manchester Poetry Library and Young Identity. A New Writer’s North 2021 Arabic Translation mentee, his recent work is pre-occupied with the cultural and educational role of poetry for Arabs in the diaspora.
Taher Adel is a British-Bahraini poet and spoken word artist. He has an MA in Creative Writing and Poetry from the University of East Anglia. He was co-poet in residence for Wells-next-the-sea in 2019. His poetry has also been published in Ambit, SMOKE Magazine, The New European, Gulf Daily News, Glassworks Magazine, Poetry London Magazine and Poetry Salzburg Review.
Twitter and Instagram: @wordsbytaher
Special thanks to Amina Atiq who worked with and supported all the poets in our workshops. Deep thanks are also given to Arts Council England, Young Identity, Commonword, Arab British Centre without whom the project would not have been possible.
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