Alta’ir means bird, and is the Arabic name for the brightest star in the constellation of Aquila. This cross-cultural exchange between Durham and Amman was established to help raise the profile of British writing in Jordan and of Arab writing and culture in the UK, in the hope that long-lasting connections between writers in the UK and the Arabic-speaking world will be forged.
In September 2018 Durham Book Festival will send award-winning poet Linda France to undertake a residency at the British Institute in Amman, Jordan, giving her a unique space to write and share her work with Arab audiences. In October 2018 we will welcome Jordanian author, playwright, and screenplay writer Mofleh Al Adwan to undertake a similar month-long residency at St Mary’s College, Durham. This event will bring the two writers together to share their experiences and to discuss their writing.
Chaired by Dr Fadia Faqir, Durham University
Alta’ir is a partnership project between Durham Book Festival/New Writing North, the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL), St Mary’s College, Durham University, Dr Fadia Faqir and the British Council.