Alta’ir creative collaboration 2019

Alta’ir creative collaboration 2019





CBRL is delighted to be partnering with Durham Book Festival/New Writing North, St Aidan’s College, Durham University and UK based Jordanian author Dr Fadia Faqir on the second year of the creative literary exchange, Alta’ir.

Launched in 2018, Alta’ir is an exchange between Durham and Amman that aims to encourage dialogue and cultural exchange between the Arab world and the UK through writing and literature. The initiative also aims to help raise the profile of Arab writing and culture in the UK and British writing in Jordan.

In September, British author Andrew Michael Hurley will spend two weeks on a residency at CBRL’s Amman institute. Andrew’s debut novel The Loney was published in 2015 and went on to win the Costa Best First Novel Award and the 2016 British Book of the Year Award. His other books are Devil’s Day and Starve Acre, to be published in Autumn 2019.

In October, Jordanian writer Kafa Al Zoubi will travel to the UK to spend two weeks in residence in St Aidan’s College, Durham. Kafa Al-Zoubi is a Jordanian writer and the author of six novels. In 2019 her novel Cold White Sun was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Kafa Al-Zoubi writes for the Jordanian and Arab press and lives in Amman.


Both writers will speak about their experiences of the Alta'ir exchange at an event, chaired by Dr Fadia Faqir, at the Durham Book Festival on 12 October 2019.

To coincide with Alta'ir, an exhibition of the work of Jordanian artist Ammar Khammash will be open to the public between 11-17 October at St Aidan's College, Durham University. Ammar Khammash is one of the more prominent artists to come out of the Middle East in the 21st century and is a multi-talented Jordanian who has made his mark in several disciplines. 

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