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Theme: A room of one's own

Article

Role of women in Iranian science fiction and fantasy

Over the last two decades, the publication and sale of science fiction and fantasy literature has increased significantly in Iran. For a long time, these books have more or less only involved a male...
Text: Mina Talebli November 29 2018
Fiction

Letter to my niece

There are rights in Hong Kong that don’t exist in China, but these have been more and more eroded in later years. Tammy Ho Lai-ming, poet, editor and vice chairperson of PEN Hong Kong gives in a...
Text: Tammy Ho Lai-Ming November 29 2018
Fiction

Silent siege

Suzanne Ibrahim is a well-known Syrian poet, author and journalist. The everyday life and rights of women have dominated her writing and journalistic work. She left Syria in 2018 after having been...
Text: Suzanne Ibrahim November 29 2018
Article

Go back to your house

The author, publisher and critic Fereshteh Ahmadi’s states in her essay that “vagueness” is a keyword for the understanding of contemporary stories by Iranian female authors. What is the situation for...
Text: Fereshteh Ahmadi November 29 2018
Article

PEN International Women’s Manifesto

On International Women’s Day, 8 th March 2018, PEN International launched a historical women’s manifesto as a part of PEN’s effort to combat the silencing of female authors. The manifesto was...
Text: PEN International November 29 2018
Poetry

Gazing at an empty mirror

Sahar Mousa is a Palestinian poet and writer. She published on Facebook during the wars in Gaza in 2008 and 2012, a series of articles that received attention. The articles led to death threats from...
Text: Sahar Mousa November 29 2018
Interview

One year with the PEN International Women’s Manifesto

The PEN International Women’s Manifesto is now a year old. It has during this year been circulated round the world. The important message has been welcomed by literature and publishing circles and has...
Text: Tanja Tuma November 29 2018
Article

When we become silent

In later years, violations of citizens’ and political rights have escalated dramatically in Bangladesh. Media is increasingly under pressure and the authorities fail in the protection of minorities,...
Text: Supriti Dhar November 29 2018
Fiction

When I entered a poetry competition

“In 1988, a curse fell on my family when I was born: I was a female in a traditional family that was very religious and had Bedouin origins.” This is how the architect and poet Doaa Abou Shaghibeh...
Text: Doaa Abou Shaghibeh November 29 2018

Theme: Arabic literature in exile

Editorial

Words Widen our World

When the Arab Spring started in Tunisia in 2011 and rapidly spread to the rest of the Arab world many of us saw this as...
TEXT: Jesper Bengtsson September 11 2018
Fiction

Martyrdom

"He wished he could have said something. His throat is so dry it feels he has been choked to death, but the eyes are still alive. He shook."
TEXT: Basima Al-Takrouri September 11 2018
Fiction

In the ice

"Between your experiences of living both in your homeland and your host country, you experience psychological and existential difficulties, so when do you have the peace of mind to conform?"
Text: Afrah Nasser September 11 2018
Poetry

Dancing like girls

"Don’t dance like a girl / I will dance / Don’t move like a girl / I will move"
TEXT: Khaled Alesmael September 11 2018
Fiction

I am a man and my name is Wissam

"When signs of femininity started showing on my body I was keen to hide them. Not even my own family accepted me."
TEXT: Nasreen (Wissam) Ben Khemisa September 11 2018
Fiction

The House in Manbij

"I come from Manbij a city that just like all other Syrian cities has suffered bombings, death, liberation, and where kings of all forms and colours have passed through."
TEXT: Aboud Saeed September 11 2018
Fiction

I write to the one I love

"I challenge myself: write, your heart is yours regardless of your mother tongue or the tyrant’s language. Rapidly I transform into a brave lover—exactly, I will write to my dearest."
TEXT: Dlovan Kassab September 11 2018
Fiction

Kurds have only their weddings

"Everyone joins in the fun until the singer switches to a loud lament about the massacre in Halabja—no one can understand the sudden change—and soon the bride is in tears and the groom too and grief...
TEXT: Lukman Derky: Lukman Derky September 11 2018
Fiction

The Walls of Stockholm

"My name is carved into all the trees / and scribbled on all the buses / despite how I cannot write a single word… "
Text: Wafai laila September 11 2018
Fiction

In Saudi Arabia, the Prince has no Clothes

"His capricious and absolutist decisions will only lead to disaster. But the only choice we have is to applaud him, emigrate, or be jailed—and in the worst case, have our throats slashed."
TEXT: Hanaa Alkhamri September 11 2018

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