The Things I Would Tell You – BookBlast Tour, Birmingham, 25 October 2018

(See the full catalogue of BookBlast’s tour events here).

Location: Waterstones, Birmingham
Date: 25 October 2018
Time: 6.30 p.m.


The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write, (2017), edited by Sabrina Mahfouz, celebrates writing by 22 British Muslim women from Algiers to Brighton. From established literary heavyweights to emerging spoken word artists, the writers in this collection blow away the narrow image of the “Muslim Woman”. Among stories of honour killings and ill-fated love in besieged locations, we also find heartwarming connections and powerful challenges to the status quo.


Chair: Elizabeth Briggs, editor and marketing manager, Saqi Books, (writing from the Middle East). Founded in 1983 in West London, Saqi Books publish general interest and academic books on North Africa and the Middle East.

Birmingham-born spoken word artist, playwright and poet, Nafeesa Hamid’s work engages with the issues of mental health, domestic violence, gender, identity and culture. @NafeesaHamid

Aliyah Holder is a spoken word poet and creative producer who founded “Her Story Live” in 2015. As part of spoken word duo A2, she is currently working on a “Random Acts” Film for Channel 4. @aliyahhasinah



9 July 2018 – Book Launch with Karl reMarks

Date and Time

Mon 9 July 2018
18:30 – 20:30 BST


The Book Club
100-106 Leonard St
London EC2A 4RH

Join us to celebrate the launch of And Then God Created the Middle East and Said ‘Let There Be Breaking News’, with Karl reMarks.

‘You may wonder why the Middle East gets so much airtime. Well, regions of the world were competing to host the apocalypse and the Middle East won.’

Online sensation Karl reMarks disagreed with the idea that reality had become too strange to satirise. Then he read that bin Laden was radicalised by Shakespeare. Since then, Karl has been bringing the best of the Middle East news and views to his followers around the world.

Now the best of Karl reMarks is available in one fabulous collection. And Then God Created the Middle East and Said ‘Let There Be Breaking News’ publishes 9 July 2018. Bringing together Karl’s wildly wry observations and sketches, this hilarious book proudly presents views you’re guaranteed not to hear on the news …

Following a lively conversation with Dr Zahera Harb about satire and politics in the Middle East today (starts 7pm sharp), there will be a chance to ask questions, purchase books for a bargain £5 and have them signed by Karl until 8.30pm. Bar stays open until midnight.