Write Your Life: Pen, Voice and Story with Ibtisam Barakat

Sunday 12 July, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free, pre-booking required
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This event will be hosted on Zoom
1 hour workshop
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Memoir/Personal History writing workshop with acclaimed author and poet Ibtisam Barakat.

History has excluded many voices and many groups for a long time. Now more people have an opportunity to participate in narrating and helping humanity have a more inclusive history. There are many barriers, you may say. And the answer is: Yes; but barriers are there to be transcended. And what joy and freedom it is to begin. . . So, if you love to write, come explore who you are on paper, and tell the world some of the stories the world needs to hear and to know about your being a unique person whose voice and ways of seeing can never be duplicated. This workshop will focus on “voice” to help you overcome emotional blocks, and will offer you starting tools that will help you embark on the writing journey joyfully and successfully. There will be time to write and time to converse and ask questions. Anyone who wishes to share some of what they wrote will be encouraged to do so. Sharing is not required and strictly voluntary. If you are an established writer or anywhere along the writing path, you are welcome to join Write Your Life.

Palestinian-American poet and author of the critically acclaimed memoirs: Tasting the Sky, a Palestinian Childhood, and Balcony on the Moon, Coming of Age in Palestine, and the founder and leader of Write Your Life, welcomes you. Ahlan to all ♥  for the special Zoom session at the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2020 ♥

About the author

Ibtisam Barakat is an award-winning, Palestinian-American author, poet, translator, artist and educator, based in the US. She publishes in both English and Arabic—her memoirs, Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood (2007), and Balcony on the Moon: Coming of Age in Palestine (2016), received considerable critical acclaim. Her poems, essays and short stories have appeared in magazines including The Nation, Wasafiri and the Washington Post. She won a 2020 Sheikh Zayed Book Award for illustrated children’s book Al-Fatah Al-Laylakeyyah (The Lilac Girl), her sixth book for younger readers. You can watch her TEDx talk about her transformative and cross-cultural love for language (“Songs of my foreign accent”) on YouTube.

Read about Tasting the Sky here

Read about Balcony on the Moon here

Sheikh Zayed Book Award:

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award is one of the Arab world’s most prestigious literary prizes. The award, which has been described as the ‘Arab world’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize’, has a reputation for highlighting the most exciting, and often the most challenging work from and about the Arab world.


Image: Ibtisam Barakat. Courtesy of Matt Peyton, NYC.

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