The Alta’ir cross-cultural exchange was established in 2018 and we’re delighted to be working with two new writers again this year. The 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 September we will send Andrew Michael Hurley to undertake a two-week residency at the British Institute in Amman, Jordan. Andrew’s debut novel The Loney was published in 2015 and went on to win the Costa Best First Novel Award and the 2016 British Book of the Year Award. His other books are Devil’s Day and Starve Acre, to be published in Autumn 2019.
In October Kafa Al Zoubi will spend two weeks in residence in St Aidan’s College, Durham. Kafa Al-Zoubi is a Jordanian writer. She is the author of six novels, in 2019, Cold White Sun, was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Kafa Al-Zoubi writes for the Jordanian and Arab press and lives in Amman.
This event will bring both writers together to discuss their experiences.
Chaired by Dr. Fadia Faqir, Durham University
Alta’ir is a partnership between Durham Book Festival, the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL), St Aidan’s College, Durham University and Dr Fadia Faqir.