Edited by Sarah Cleave

On 27 January 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting all refugee admissions for 120 days and temporarily barring entry from seven Muslim-majority countries. Mass protests followed, and the order has since been blocked, revised and challenged by judges, politicians, activists and artists alike.

This urgent and timely collection brings together seven fictions from the so-called banned nations: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Written in response to Trump’s divisive ban, it showcases new works by previously unplatformed writers from the region, and celebrates a people determined to reclaim their dignity, freedom and self-expression.

Covering a range of approaches – from satire, to allegory, to literary realism – Banthology: Seven Stories from Seven Countries is a testament to the importance of creative resistance in turbulent times.

Featuring Anoud (Iraq), Rania Mamoun (Sudan) and more to be announced...

Part of our 'Banned Nations Showcase'.

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7 Sep 2017