Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation: London Event

October 1, 2009 at 3:28 pm (bloomsbury, Books, writing)


Hanan Al-Shaykh talks to Peter Florence

London, October 7th, 5.30pm

Following the success of the inaugural meeting of the Bloomsbury Qatar Literary Salon on July 30th with the novelist Ahdaf Soueif talking to Peter Florence, and the Arabic Poetry Iftar hosted at the BQFP villa in Doha on September 9th, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing would like to invite you to the third meeting of the Bloomsbury Qatar Literary Salon with the Lebanese novelist Hanan Al-Shaykh and Peter Florence on October 7th 2009, at 5.30pm, again at The House of St Barnabas, No 1 Greek Street, Soho Square, London, W1D 4NQ, in The Library. Refreshments will be served.

The event is open to all with an interest in writing from and about the Arab world.

To reserve a place please RSVP to Safaa Mraish:

Telephone: 020 7494 6349

Post: Safaa Mraish, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 36 Soho Square, London, W1D 3QY

Hanan al-Shaykh was born in Lebanon and grew up in Beirut. Her novel, Only in London, was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. In 1975 she left Beirut because of the civil war and moved to the Arabian Gulf, dividing her time between London and the Gulf States for the next nine years. Since 1984 she has lived in London with her husband and two children.

Hanan al-Shaykh writes in Arabic and her work has been translated into sixteen languages and is now published around the world. Hanan al-Shaykh is widely regarded as one of the foremost experts on Arab womanhood.

Peter Florence is the Director of the Hay Festival Group, running projects in Britain, Spain, Colombia, Kenya and now Lebanon which will host the Beirut 39 celebrations in April 2010.

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing: BQFP is a partnership of Qatar Foundation and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. Its focus is on publishing books of excellence and originality in six main areas: fiction and non-fiction for adults and for children, educational books for schools, academic books for universities and researchers, classics of Arabic literature, and reference books.


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