4 July 2018, ‘Elsewhere, Home’ Book Launch at the Migration Museum

Join us to celebrate the launch of Elsewhere, Home, the new collection of short stories at their most moving and immediate, by prize-winning author Leila Aboulela.

Following a lively conversation exploring themes of belonging, family and home in the beautiful Migration Museum, there will be a chance to ask questions, purchase books and have them signed by the authors. There will be a bar (donations only, which go towards the upkeep of the Museum).

Leila Aboulela is an award-winning novelist and playwright. Her novels, which were all longlisted for the Orange Prize, include The Translator (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), Minaret and Lyrics Alley (Fiction Winner of the Scottish Book Awards). Translated into fourteen languages, Aboulela’s work has received a high profile for its distinctive exploration of identity, migration and Islamic spirituality. Aboulela grew up in Khartoum, Sudan, and now lives in Aberdeen.

Chibundu Onuzo is a Nigerian writer. She is author of The Spider King’s Daughter, which won a Betty Trask Award, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Commonwealth Book Prize, and was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Etisalat Prize for Literature. Her second novel, Welcome to Lagos, was published in January 2017 by Faber & Faber.

Everyone is most welcome. All ticket revenue goes towards the upkeep of the Migration Museum. If you are eligible for concession rates (including but not limited to students, unemployed, seniors, or if you self-identify as having a disability) and would like to attend but are prohibited by the ticket cost, please email elizabeth@saqibooks.comand we’ll see what we can do.

3 July 2018, Daunts Marylebone – Leila Aboulela

Elsewhere, Home, Daunts Marylebone, downstairs
Tuesday 3rd July 2018 at 7:00pm

After the critical acclaim that followed Lyrics Alley, Minaret and The Translator, we are thrilled that Leila Aboulela will speak about her new collection of short stories, Elsewhere, Home at Daunts Marylebone. Blending the overlapping worlds of Africa, Britain and the Middle East, Leila’s distinctive voice movingly captures the search for home in our global world.

‘This is the modern female voice … fresh, diverse, challenging and uninhibited’ Rachel Cusk

Pay No Heed to the Rockets – WoW Festival, Liverpool, 19 May 2018

Join multiple award-winning internationally acclaimed writers Mourid Barghouti and Marcello Di Cintio for a moving and insightful discussion on exile, displacement, belonging and political turmoil. A truly one-of-a-kind event featuring a voice of a generation.

The Bluecoat

School Lane
London L1 3BX
Tickets: £8/£4 concession

In 1966, the Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti, then twenty-two, left his country to return to university in Cairo. A year later came the Six Day War and Barghouti, like many Palestinians living abroad, was denied entry into his homeland. Thirty years later, he was finally allowed to visit Ramallah, the city he had grown up in. A rickety wooden bridge over a dried-up river connects the West Bank to Jordan. It is the very same bridge Barghouti had crossed, little knowing that he would not be able to return. I Saw Ramallah, his extraordinarily beautiful account of homecoming, begins at this crossing, filled with its ironies and heartaches. In half bemusement, half joy, Barghouti journeys through Ramallah, keenly aware that the city he had left barely resembles the present-day city scarred by the Occupation – and he discovers in this displacement that the events of 1967 have made him permanently homeless.

Canadian author Marcello Di Cintio begins his new book, Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense, by following Barghouti’s footsteps across that same bridge. From Ramallah, Di Cintio travels across Palestine to hear the stories of writers, poets, librarians, booksellers and readers. His book offers a window into the literary heritage of Palestine that transcends the narrow language of conflict. Di Cintio’s previous book, Walls: Travels Along the Barricades, explored what it means to live in the shadows of walls, fences and other fortified borders. Walls won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and  the Wilfred Eggleston Prize for Non-Fiction.

John McHugo Book Launch

On Monday 18 September Hatchards Piccadilly will host John McHugo to launch A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi‘is. Join us to hear John present the genesis, development and manipulation of one of the greatest schisms that has come to define Islam: A Concise History of Sunnis and Shi’is charts nothing less than the struggle for the soul of the Muslim world. Places can be booked in advance via the events page on the Hatchards website.

Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic: Extreme Comedy NOW!

To launch our satirical collection, Don’t Panic I’m Islamic: Words and Pictures on How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Alien Next Door, we’re hosting A Fun Event at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchens. Join us as contestants Omar Hamdi, Esther Manito and Amrou Al-Kadhi battle it out to win a visa. They will be judged on their wit and words by Bidisha and Karl Sharro (AKA, Karl Remarks) as they fulfil various challenges, including answering green card application questions, delivering Fox News-approved headlines in the style of Sean Spicer and performing stand up.

Who will be allowed to stay and who will be sent home in shame (electronics in hold)?

Tickets are £8.50 and available here – but do hurry as they’re going like hot cakes! See you there, Inshallah.