The Mosaic Rooms are pleased to celebrate the launch of Ghassan Zaqtan’s most recent collection of poetry in its award winning English translation, Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me, on:
Thursday 1st November, 7pm
In Like a Straw Bird it Follows Me, Ghassan Zaqtan’s tenth poetry collection, translator Fady Joudah brings to English-language readers new works by one of the most important and original Palestinian poets of our time.
Ghassan Zaqtan will be in discussion with his translator Fady Joudah.
Ghassan Zaqtan was born in 1954 near Bethlehem and lives in Ramallah. He has worked with the Palestinian resistance movement and was editor of Bayader, the literary magazine of the Palestine Liberation Organisation. He is efitor-in-chief of the quarterly poetry journal Al-Shoua’ra and is co-founder and director of the House of Poetry in Ramallah.
Fadi Joudah is a practicing physician of internal medicine and an award-winning poet and translator. Among his translations are two poetry collections by Mahmoud Darwish, The Butterfly’s Burden and If I Were Another, for which he won the 2010 PEN USA Literary Award. He was also the winner of the 2008 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation for The Butterfly’s Burden.