Four brilliant writers of Lebanese descent will join us to discuss Beirut, the wild child of the Middle East. A city known as much for its partygoers than its religious practitioners, how does it reconcile different, at times conflicting interests?
British-Lebanese author and journalist Nasri Atallah will be joined by Dubai-based poet Zeina Hashem Beck; author and aid worker of Iraqi-German and Palestinian-Lebanese descent Saleem Haddad; and writer and editor Zahra Hankir, who will chair the discussion.
Nasri Atallah’s popular blog Our Man in Beirut earned him notoriety within the Lebanese community both in Lebanon and abroad. Posts from the blog were later published as a collection of short stories and essays on the experiences of a returning expat to Lebanon, and the funny and tragic consequences of being out of sync with your environment.
Saleem Haddad is the author of the recently published Guapa. Set over the course of 24 hours, Guapa follows Rasa, a gay man living in an unnamed Arab country trying to carve out a life for himself in the midst of political and religious upheaval.
Writer and editor Zahra Hankir will chair the discussion. An Arab-British blogger based in London, her hugely popular blog Florence of Arabia provides musings on Muslims, the media and the Middle East.
This event has been sponsored by Cockayne Grants for the Arts, a donor-advised fund of the London Community Foundation. It is part of the Sin Cities: Vice & Virtue Across Asia’s Urban Landscapes series.
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