To mark ten years of the Palestine Festival of Literature we are pleased to announce the release of This Is Not a Border, a collection of essays, diaries and poems collected over the festival’s decade. A unique collection from some of the most important writers of our time it features the words of Mahmoud Darwish, Alice Walker, JM Coetzee, Suheir Hammad, Teju Cole, Susan Abulhawa, Chinua Achebe and many, many more.
“Commemorating 10 extraordinary years of PalFest, the Palestine Festival of Literature, mother-son cofounders Soueif and Hamilton gathered 47 literary luminaries to create this essential testimony . . . Throughout this gathering of essays, poetry, reportage, and confessions, certain words–apartheid, erasure, pain, powerlessness, complicity, waiting, wasting, humiliation, absurdity–repeatedly resonate. But what linger longest are hope, expectation, and the demand for peace.” – starred review, Booklist
Contributing authors include J. M. Coetzee, China Miéville, Alice Walker, Geoff Dyer, Claire Messud, Henning Mankell, Michael Ondaatje, Kamila Shamsie, Michael Palin, Deborah Moggach, Mohammed Hanif, Gillian Slovo, Adam Foulds, Susan Abulhawa, Ahdaf Soueif, Jeremy Harding, Brigid Keenan, Rachel Holmes, Suad Amiry, Gary Younge, Jamal Mahjoub, Molly Crabapple, Najwan Darwish, Nathalie Handal, Omar Robert Hamilton, Pankaj Mishra, Raja Shehadeh, Selma Dabbagh, William Sutcliffe, Atef Abu Saif, Yasmin El-Rifae, Sabrina Mahfouz, Mercedes Kemp, Ru Freeman.
“The writers express the belief that words will be the things with feathers that will eventually bring attention–and peace . . . A chorus of lyrical voices singing hopefully about a most contentious, divisive, and violent situation.” – Kirkus Reviews
“PalFest is not only the most powerful and important literary festival it’s ever been my privilege to attend, it’s one of the most powerful and important things I’ve experienced, full stop.” – China Miéville
“Thanks for being who you are and for giving us such exposure to wonderful people. Palestine is proud of you.” – Suad Amiry
“Every literary act, whether it is a great epic poem or an honest piece of journalism or a simple nonsense tale for children is a blow against the forces of stupidity and ignorance and darkness . . . The Palestine Festival of Literature exists to do just that–and I salute it for its work. Not only this year but for as long as it is necessary.” – Philip Pullman
“The most memorable, most meaningful literature festival I have ever been to.” – Susan Abulhawa
“Truly life-changing . . . As a human being and as a writer, this was a revelatory experience.” – William Sutcliffe
“Packed with so much genius and courage and heart I don’t know what to say except thank you and I have new favourite writers.” – Molly Crabapple
“The most rewarding — and challenging — literary festival a writer could hope to take part in.” – Jeremy Harding
“One of the most affecting trips of my life.” – Sabrina Mahfouz