The Sea Cloak

The Sea Cloak is a collection of 14 stories by the author, journalist, and women’s rights campaigner, Nayrouz Qarmout. Drawing from her own experiences growing up in a Syrian refugee camp, as well as her current life in Gaza, these stories stitch together a patchwork of different perspectives into what it means to be a woman in Palestine today.

Whether following the daily struggles of orphaned children fighting to survive in the rubble of recent bombardments, or mapping the complex, cultural tensions between different generations of refugees in wider Gazan society, these stories offer rare insights into one of the most talked about, but least understood cities in the Middle East. Taken together, the collection affords us a local perspective on a global story, and it does so thanks to a cast of (predominantly female) characters whose vantage point is rooted, firmly, in that most cherished of things, the home. 


Winner of a PEN Translates! Award in 2017.
Winner of The Herald's Angels Award at Edinburgh Internationl Book Festival 2018.
Nominated for Edinburgh Interational Book Festival's First Book Award 2018.
One of World Literature Today’s 75 Notable Translations of 2018.

Read about Nayrouz’s struggle to cross the UK Border to attend the Edinburgh International Book Festival here 

"I think that the UK's attitude towards immigration has changed in general.." Read more of Nayrouz on UK Immigration

Short clip on Channel 4 News about Edinburgh-bound authors (including Nayrouz) facing visa problems.

Article by The Guardian on Nayrouz’s UK visa refusals to attend Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Stephanie Merritt writes on the importance and significance of Nayrouz’s visa struggle for The Pool.

Closing remarks from Edinburgh International Book Festival.

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22 Aug 2019

About the Author

Nayrouz Qarmout

Nayrouz Qarmout is a Palestinian writer and activist. Born in Damascus in 1984, as a Palestinian refugee, she returned to the Ga…
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