An Evening with Sawsan Al-Areeqe

An Evening with Sawsan Al-Areeqe

College of Arts, University of Glasgow
Date: Thursday 28 March 2019
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Venue: Andrew Stewart Cinema, Gilmorehill Halls, Glasgow G12 8QQ
Category: Films and theatre, Public lectures
Speaker: Sawsan Al-Areeqe

You are warmly invited to an evening of poetry and film in the company of Sawsan Al-Areeqe.

An award-winning poet and filmmaker, Al-Areeqe is the recipient of the prestigious Artist Protection Fund Fellowship, hosted by the University of Glasgow in 2018/19. 

In celebration of her creative work as our visiting Fellow, Al-Areeqe will share poetry from across her four collections, including new writing from her forthcoming title, Expired Death, written during her time here in Glasgow. The evening will also be a rare opportunity to view some of her award-winning short films: Prohibited (2010), Daughter of the Sea (2011) and Photo (2012).

This is a free, ticketed event. To claim your ticket visit our Eventbrite page.

Refreshments provided. All very welcome.

* Pleae note this event will not include an audience Q&A as previously advertised. 

Artist Biography
Sawsan Al-Areeqe is the author of four poetry collections: More Than Necessary (2004), The Square of Pain (2007) - which received the 2007 Lebanon Literature Award - and What if My Blood Turned Into Chocolate (2011). Her fourth collection, Expired Death, written during her Fellowship at the University of Glasgow, will be published in Spring 2019. She has performed her poetry all over the world, including in Oman, Jordan, Algeria, United Arab Emirates and Egypt. Most recently, Sawsan performed her poetry at Glasgow’s Poetry Club, appearing alongside Stephanie Young and the late Tom Leonard.

Recipent of the 2018/19 Artist Protection Fund Fellowship, Sawsan has also held a writer’s residence position in the USA, following an invitation from Iowa University’s International Writing Program (2013).

She has won several awards for her work as a filmmaker. Her short film Prohibited won the British Council’s 2010 Zoom Film Contest, the Special Jury Prize at the 2012 Meknes International Film Festival, The Best Idea at the 2014 Teba Short Films Festival in Egypt and The Main Theme in Italy in 2018. She was also awarded a Merit for her short film, Photo, in Canada (2018). Photo has been shown at several festivals around the world, including the World of Film International Film Festival in Glasgow and the 2018 “Discover Film” in London. Daughter of the Sea was presented at the 2011 Liverpool Arabic Film Festival and as part of the Yemen strand in 2015 Deutsche Welle Global Media Form in Bonne, Germany. She was selected to participate as a member in the committee of arbitration in the Arab Short Films Festival in Morocco 2013.

Sawsan has a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication Faculty, Radio and Television from Sana’a University. She worked as a reporter for 'Netherlands Radio RN' through Video Social Reports and was a member of the editorial board for Cultural Poetry Magazine published in The Maghreb.

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