Palestinian author Nayrouz Qarmout granted visa to travel to Edinburgh Book Festival

Palestinian writer Nayrouz Qarmout, whose visa was not granted in time for her to come to Edinburgh, has now received her visa. For the first time in her adult life, she has been able to leave the Gaza Strip and is currently en route to Edinburgh, where a very special event is being held in her honour this Thursday!

In this special event to celebrate people whose suffering often goes unnoticed and writers whose voices struggle to be heard, we celebrate the work of three exceptional authors from across the globe. Drawing on her experiences of growing up in a Syrian refugee camp, Gaza-based writer Nayrouz Qarmout reads from her forthcoming collection The Sea Cloak and discusses life in Gaza City. Taiwanese journalist Hsiao-Hung Pai discusses her work with Chinese migrant workers, and with Mediterranean refugees, while Brazilian writer and philosopher Djamila Ribeiro discusses the lives of women in Brazil, a country in which people of colour experience exceptional levels of violence and prejudice. Chaired by award-winning novelist Kamila Shamsie.

The event takes place on 23 Aug, 12pm at The Spiegeltent, tickets (pay what you can) available now:

Vote for The Sea Cloak by Nayrouz Qarmout in the EIBF First Book Award.