Join us for an exploration of story and meaning.

The panel will explore key questions such as:

  • How do we find ourselves in words and stories?
  • Can words ever truly translate the mystery of identity?
  • What does it mean to write home?

Curated and moderated by Alice Guthrie.

Alice Guthrie is an independent translator, editor, researcher, and curator, specialising in contemporary Arabic literature and media. Her work often focuses on subaltern voices, orality, and queerness / queering.

Amerah Saleh is a spoken word artist from Birmingham. Her Muslim Yemeni roots give her space to get lost and found on multiple occasions between identities. She is the co-founder of Verve Poetry Press. Amerah has performed all around Europe and has released her first collection called I Am Not From Here in April 2018. Her work touches on identity, womanhood, religion and the obscure idea of belonging only to one place.

Lisa Luxx is a queer poet, theatremaker, essayist and activist of British and Syrian heritage. Published in i-D, Dazed, The Telegraph, The International Times, and in anthologies by Hatchette, Saqi, Comma Press. Luxx is the founder of The Sisterhood Salon in Beirut, her work and life is concerned with sisterhood as an act of resistance. Her debut collection Fetch Your Mother’s Heart is out now.


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