Tripoli, 27 April:
Tripoli’s three-day International Poetry Festival starts tomorrow evening in the old city with poets from 14 countries reading and . . .[restrict]discussing their work.
Coming to the venue in Al-Faqih Hassan will be some “star” poets including the UAE’s award-winning filmmaker-poet Nujoom al-Ghanem, Ireland’s Matthew Sweeney, the UK’s James Byrne, French-Algerian cultural force Habib Tengour, multi-award-winning Libyan-American poet, translator, and festival organiser Khaled Mattawa, Egypt’s Iman Mersal, prominent US poet-translator Marilyn Hacker and US poets Carolyn Forche and Christopher Merrill.
In addition to readings, there will be four main seminars: on poetry in an era of transformation; poetry in a digital, globalised world and the challenges brought about by technological changes; place, exile, and innovation and finally, new directions in Arabic poetry.