Author Event


Wednesday 20th June: “Archives of Resistance” Author Event

7-8:30pm, Hinsley Hall

Zoë Wicomb and Yousif M. Qasmiyeh in conversation with Lyndsey Stonebridge

We are delighted to welcome authors Zoë Wicomb and Yousif M. Qasmiyeh to Leeds for a special evening event. Both authors will read from their works, followed by a discussion moderated by Lyndsey Stonebridge, Professor of Modern Literature & History at the University of East Anglia. This event has been organized in association with International Writers at Leeds and the Leverhulme Trust project, ‘Traumatic Pasts, Cosmopolitanism and Nation Building in Contemporary World Literatures’.

**Due to limited space, we are only able to accommodate conference attendees at this event.**

Any enquiries should be directed to Rebecca Macklin at

Zoë Wicomb

Zoë Wicomb is a South African writer who lives in Glasgow; she is Emeritus Professor in the Department of English Studies at the University of Strathclyde. Her works of fiction include You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town, David’s Story and October. She was awarded Yale’s inaugural Windham Campbell Prize for fiction in 2013.  Yale University Press will publish a volume of her writing in January 2019: South African Essays: Race, Nation, Translation, edited by Andrew Van der Vlies. Zoë Wicomb & the Translocal: Writing Scotland & South Africa, edited by Kai Easton & Derek Attridge, was published in 2017.  

Yousif M. Qasmiyeh

Yousif M. Qasmiyeh is the Writer-in-Residence for the AHRC-ESRC funded Refugee Hosts research project, and the Creative Encounters Editor of the new Migration and Society journal. He is a poet and translator, and tutor in Arabic at the University of Oxford. In addition to his recent contributions to Refugee Hosts, his recent poems include ‘At the Feast of Asylum’ (GeoHumanities, 2016), ‘If this is my face, so be it’ (Modern Poetry in Translation, 2016) and ‘Thresholds (Critical Quarterly, 2014).

In 2017, Yousif’s poem ‘If this is my face, so be it’ was included in a series of Jenny Holzer’s public light projection artworks exhibited as part of the 2017 Aarhus European Capital of Culture Program; in Holzer’s new exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; and (in September-October) at Blenheim Palace. His poetry also featured in ‘The Absence of Paths’ as part of the Tunisian Pavilion exhibition at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

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