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Art Alert: Writing marathon in solidarity with jailed novelist Ahmed Naji

The 12-hour marathon will put Naji’s work at the centre of the event

Ahram Online , Tuesday 5 Apr 2016
Writing marathon
Mushtarak space (Photo: Mushtarak's Facebook page)
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Cairo's Mushtarak event space will host a 12-hour writing marathon next week, the first of its kind in Cairo, in solidarity with jailed writer Ahmed Naji.

Naji was sentenced in February to two years in prison for publishing a “sexually flagrant article” in the state-owned cultural newspaper Akhbar Al-Adab last year.

The writing marathon, which will take place on 15 April, will use Naji’s novel The Usage of Life as a central catalyst for the event’s activities.

The marathon will include creativity games inovlving characters and events from The Usage of Life, as a means of interacting with the work in solidarity with its jailed author.

According to the event description, “writing marathons are held all over the world to help authors fiinish their works and stop postposing, or focus on writing on a particular subject through collaboration.”

The 12-hour marathon will start at 10am, and will be divided into short writing periods of 20 minutes, with time in between for sharing the writers’ material, and four distributed breaks for lunch and recess.

The ten selected participants must commit to the full 12 hours of the marathon, and must not comment or express their views on each other's writing during the readings.


Apply by filling in this form before 12 April. The ten selected participants will be notified by phone.

15 April, from 10am to 10pm
Mushtarak, 2nd Floor, 37 Amman Street, Dokki, Cairo

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