Video: Novelist Ibrahim Al-Koni in Discussion with Syrian Poet Adonis

“It was in fact a spontaneous revolution by unarmed people, marching in protest and seeking their rights.”

Omar Kikli’s “Prison Sketches”

The following is an excerpt from Libyan writer Omar al-Kikli’s Prison Sketches (2012), translated from the Arabic by Sebastian Anstis. Read more at Jadaliyya. The Tea Theory of Relativity For us, tea was a matter of utmost importance; it was the only pleasure we had. It was so important that one of us, arguing with more »

Libyan Cafés Serve a “Cup of Culture” Alongside Sips of Coffee

(Adapted from the Arabic, Imed ud-Din Hamaam for Al-Arabiya News) “It is not by bread alone that man lives”–or at least, not the kind of life that Salah Hasan, an entrepreneur in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, wants for his people. Initiatives such as Hasan’s “Cup of Culture” in Safwa Coffee café, are part of a more »

Libya’s missed opportunity: Hisham Matar

Last week Libyan author Hisham Matar met with 702 Mornings host Linda Mottram at the Sydney Writers’ Festival for a live broadcast interview, discussing such topics as exile, the shifting roles of the writer, and the potential for another “Libyan Novel”. On the responsibility to write: ❝ There is a distinction between the citizen and the artist that I have always felt. When I sit and more »

Genres of the “Arab Spring”: Narrating Revolutions


What challenges will Libyan writers face as they sit down to pen a revolution that has yet to end?