Sabah el MeeM
Date(s) - 06/25/2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
About this Event
This is the first in a 4-part series of events hearing from the Arab World curated by Alice Guthrie.
A rare chance to catch up with some very special guests from the ever-expanding queer Arab arts scene, joining your host Alice Guthrie for chats and rants, laments and laughs, dreams and schemes. Leave your preconceptions at the virtual door, pull up a cushion, and hang out with us in the queer zone. Expect deep discoveries, non-binary notions, and radical routes as we take a ramble through these artists’ groundbreaking work, the current global moment, queerness, and other urgent and exciting matters!
Guest : Hicham Tahir is a Moroccan writer and journalist, born in 1989 in the city of Kenitra.
Hicham has always been passionate about writing as a means of expression, writing his first novel in Arabic at the tender age of ten, inspired by his grandmother’s stories. At 14 he decided to switch to French, finding it more freeing for self-expression. At just 19 his work was featured alongside Abdellah Taïa and many other prominent Moroccan artists in the activist literary project Lettres à un jeune marocain (Letters to a young Moroccan, published by Seuil in 2009).
His first published solo book, Jaabouq (The Joint, CasaExpress Editions, 2012) was a collection of short stories on subjects Morocco considers taboo (such as homosexuality, prostitution, racism and love).
In 2013 Hicham moved to France, where he wrote Les Ruelles des pieds nus (The barefoot alleys, CasaExpress Editions, 2015), a novel about a young immigrant returning to his roots in a poor neighborhood of Kenitra.
Between 2010 and 2020 he has contributed to six others books, all of which had LGBTQ issues as their main subject. He is currently working on his next novel.
Curator and Host : Alice Guthrie
Born in London and raised in rural Norfolk, UK, Alice Guthrie is a queer freelance translator, writer, editor, and researcher who has been studying Arabic formally and informally since 1997, notably at l’Institut Français d’Etudes Arabes a Damas in Syria between 2001-2003. Her translations have appeared in a broad range of international venues and publications since 2008, recognised with various grants and honours — most recently the Jules Chametzky Translation Prize 2019. Among her ongoing projects is the translation of Moroccan feminist Malika Moustadraf’s complete works, a work of ‘literary recovery’ involving painstaking research into the persecuted writer’s difficult life and controversial early death. As a commissioning editor she is currently compiling the first ever anthology of queer Arabic writing, set to appear in parallel Arabic and English editions in 2021.
She also programmes the literary strand of London’s biennale Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture, and teaches on the Translation Studies MA at Exeter University.
Ticket holders will receive a webinar link via email, both 24 hours and one hour prior to the start time.
Please note each link will be unique to the ticket holder and will only be accessible via one device.
Sabah el Meem is produced by Arts Canteen and supported by Arts Council England.