Shubbak Festival hosts Elias Khoury in London in July
Ahram Online , Thursday 28 May 2015
Award winning Lebanese writer and novelist Elias Khoury will be hosted by the Shubbak Festival in London on Sunday, 26 July, to discuss his works and read selections from his novels

The Shubbak Festival will host award winning writer and novelist Elias Khoury, deemed one of the leading figures in Arabic and Lebanese literature, on Sunday, 26 July, at the British Library in London. Khoury will discuss his writings with award winning author and academic Marina Warner.

Author ofGate of the Sun, Khoury will read from a selection of his novels.

The event programme is developed in partnership with Saqi Books and the British Library, supported by the British Council, the Open Society Foundation, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, the Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation for Publishing, and Banipal.

Khoury, also a distinguished Lebanese critic, was editor forShu’un Falastin(Palestine Affairs) with the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish during the 1970s. He then headedKarmal, and later was editor of the cultural section of Lebanese newspaperAl-Nahar.

Khoury's best-known works includeThe Little Mountain: The Journey of Little Gandhi, and the masterpiece-turned-epic-film,Gate of the Sun, directed by Yosri Nasrallah. His bookSina Al-Kollwon Khoury the UNESCO Sharjah Award for its contribution to Arab culture.

Shubbakis a festival of contemporary Arab culture, founded in 2011 by the mayor of London. It connects London audiences and communities with contemporary Arab culture through premieres and commissions of visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature, architecture and debate.