Events





NYC
Barnes & Noble 2014













YLE TV1
 STRADA 2014












Flupp Festival. Brazil 2013







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Award Winning and Banned
Hassan Blasim's forthcoming second collection, The Iraqi Christ, has just been awarded one of English Pen's four Writers in Translation Awards for 2012. Almost simultaneously, news has reached Comma that the Arabic edition of Hassan's first book, The Madman of Freedom Square (which took three years to find an Arabic publisher after the English edition came out, and only then appeared in a heavily censored state) has just been officially banned in Jordan. More comment here and here. Censorship, as always, is alive and well.

Comma Preess








The Iraqi Christ longlist Frank O Connor Short Story Award 2013






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with Anne Waldman
Annikki Poetry Festival 2013 FINLAND








Festival of the European Short Story
Croatia 2013


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Scotland  Edinburgh 2013









Poland 2013 ـ Wroclaw










2013
SAT 23 MAR
The Word Factory #8 with Hassan Blasim
Launching his highly-anticipated second collection The Iraqi Christ
Featuring Stuart Evers, Joe Dunthorne and Lane Ashfeldt.
The Society Club, 12 Ingestre Place, Soho, London, W1F OJF
6pm - 8pm
£10 on the door
Book early to avoid disappointment
More details to follow shortly


SUN 24 MAR
REEL IRAQ FESTIVAL featuring HASSAN BLASIM, Edinburgh.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the illegal invasion of Iraq, the film festival invites writers, filmmakers and artists to discuss, show and read from their work.
DISCUSSION: 'The Invasion of Iraq: Artistic Responses to the War'
3.30-5pm
Provisional list of panelists:
- Hassan Blasim
- Maysoon Pachachi
- Noorah al-Gailani (tbc)
- Alan Ingram (tbc)
- Marilyn Booth (Chair) (tbc)
Summerhall, Summerhall Pl, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH9 1PL.
READING: The Iraqi Christ
Followed by a Q&A.
5pm - 6pm.
More info to follow here


MON 25 MAR
REEL IRAQ FESTIVAL featuring Hassan Blasim, Glasgow.
Mono Cafe, 12 Kings Court, Glasgow, G1 5RB
8 - 9.30pm
Free
More info here








Tampere Laibrary / Finland 2013







Finland 2013





Hassan Blasim in conversation with Jo Glanville, Director of English PEN




Poet, filmmaker and short story writer Hassan Blasim visits the UK

In December, English PEN supports the promotion of The Iraqi Christ by Hassan Blasim (winner of a 2012 English PEN Award), a unique collection of short stories that explore Iraq’s recent past – an incredibly timely collection as the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq approaches in 2013

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  Award Winning and Banned
Hassan Blasim's forthcoming second collection, The Iraqi Christ, has just been awarded one of English Pen's four Writers in Translation Awards for 2012. Almost simultaneously, news has reached Comma that the Arabic edition of Hassan's first book, The Madman of Freedom Square (which took three years to find an Arabic publisher after the English edition came out, and only then appeared in a heavily censored state) has just been officially banned in Jordan. More comment here and here. Censorship, as always, is alive and well.

Comma Preess

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BOOK WORLD PRAGUE 2011
17th International Book Fair and Literary Festival


12 – 15 May



GERMANY



Sep 25, 2010 01:00 PM
New Kids on the Blog - Young Arab Literature on the Internet. with Ghazi Gheblawi, Hassan Blasim, Sudanese thinker and Ghada Mohamed Mahmoud

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GERMANY

"Madman of Freedom Square"
Lesung aus Hassan Balasims Buch „Madman of Freedom Square“ (2009) (Arabisch mit englischer Übersetzung) im Rahmen der Reihe "Rethinking Iraq – Analysen, Visionen, Neuanfänge"

Zeit: 05.11.2009 18:15 h
Ort: CNMS, Deutschhausstr. 12, Hörsaal 00 A26

Referent/Beteiligte:
Hassan Balasim (Helsinki)

Weitere Informationen:
Veranstalter:
Centrum für Nah- und Mittelost-Studien (CNMS)
Kontakt:
Dr. Leslie Tramontini
Tel.: +49-(0)6421-28-24946+49-(0)6421-28-24946E-Mail

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London



Fridat 23rd Oct.

Calder Bookshop. 51 The Cut, London SE1 8LF, Tel. +44 (0)20 7620 2900+44 (0)20 7620 2900.

7pm. Free.













Manchester














Saturday 24th Oct.

The Friends Meeting House, 4.30pm. £5/£3.

Part of the Manchester Literature Festival's Short Weekend.

More info and booking information here. To book call: 08432 080 50008432 080 500




liverpool

Arabic Poetry & Fiction Reading:
Sun 19 July, 1pm the Bluecoat Free – booking required To book please visit http://www.thebluecoat.org/ or call
Tickets and Information on 0151 702 53240151 702 5324

A fascinating event with two exciting Arabic authors, Hassan Blasim and Joumana Haddad, who will read from and discuss their work in the company of Ra Page of Comma Press, publisher of Madinah: City Stories from the Middle East.


Hassan Blasim was born in Baghdad in 1973.
As well as director of numerous short films and one Kurdish feature film, Hassan is a poet and short story writer with work published in various magazines, websites and anthologies. He is co-editor of the Arabic literary website www.iraqstory.com. His first full short story collection, the madman of freedom square, is launched by Comma Press this July.






Joumana Haddad was born in 1970 in Beirut. She is a poet, translator and journalist and head of the cultural pages in the prestigious An Nahar newspaper, as well as administrator of the IPAF Literary Prize (often referred to as the ‘Arab Booker’) and editor-in-chief of Jasad, an Arabic cultural magazine specialising in literature and art of the body. She has published several widely acclaimed