**CANCELLED** The Book of Gaza at University of York: Life and literature on the Strip

9 Jun 2015 - 6.15PM

Despite securing a UK travel visa, and another permit allowing her to enter Jordan (so as to fly from Amman), Nayrouz was never granted a permit to travel across Israel. Sadly she never made her flights and this already-postponed event had to be cancelled.


The city of Gaza may feature constantly in the news, but what do really we know of life there, beyond the headlines and the politics? Two contributors from a recent anthology of short stories offer insights into everyday life and its everyday struggles. The Book of Gaza offers a cross section of the three generations of authors to have emerged in the city since 1967, and together the stories present a literary map of the city. Published just before the outbreak of Operation Protective Edge, the contributors have since lived through yet another period of intense and deadly conflict. 

Nayrouz Qarmout was born in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus in 1984 and was returned to the Gaza Strip as a refugee, as part of the 1994 Israeli-Palestinian Peace Agreement. She currently works in the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Mona Abu Sharekh’s family was originally from Ashkelon (her father being expelled from his land in 1948). Her first collection of short stories, What the Madman Said was published in 2008 by the Palestinian Writers Union. 

Join us at http://www.york.ac.uk/ for readings from The Book of Gaza, and discussion about life and literature on the Strip.

Derwent College
University of York
YO10 5DD