News & Events Celebrating Banipal Magazine of Modern Arab Literature

Celebrating Banipal Magazine of Modern Arab Literature

A celebration of 25 years of Banipal Magazine translating and publishing contemporary Arab literature in English was held at the Irish Cultural Centre 5 Black’s Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9DT.

There were open mic discussions and readings from special guests: Egyptian poet Iman Mersal and Syrian poet Nouri Al-Jarrah. The programme covered fiction, poetry, videos and translations.

A remarkable number of works by Arab authors have been translated and showcased in the magazine. Special features have introduced writers from Morocco, Sudan, Yemen, Egypt, Emirates, Iraq, Tunisia, Jordan, Libya, Palestine, Syria and Algeria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia. Each issue is themed and illustrated. Some of the magazine’s special features include portraits of, or interviews with, Naguib Mahfouz, Mahmoud Darwish, Adonis, Ghaeb T’uma Farman, Ghalib Halasa, Tahar Ben Jelloun.


banipal magazine bannerWhile much of the Arab world is plunged into chaos with wars and devastation, sectarian divisions, repression and censorship, the Arab literary side of life remains essentially modernist, secular, progressive and enlightened, speaking out for the marginalised – and needing to be heard across the world.

Back issues of Banipal Magazine are available HERE

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Closing the magazine means more time and resources can be spent focusing on building up an invaluable and unique book list of contemporary Arabic literature.

The latest Banipal Books catalogue offering new titles to curious readers and researchers alike can be read and downloaded HERE

In this, the eighteenth year of the 2023 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation, there are 20 entries from 11 different publishers comprising 18 novels, one poetry collection, and one work that is a collection of testimonies

The shortlist for the 2023 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize will be announced on Friday, 1 December 2023. 

All information about the judges, the award and the event(s) is HERE  

Guests at the 2021 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation Award Ceremony

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About Georgia de Chamberet 372 Articles
Bilingual editor, rewriter, anthologist, French-to-English translator. Has written for 3am magazine, words without borders, The Independent, The Lady, Banipal, Prospect Magazine, Times Literary Supplement. Currently writes for The BookBlast Diary. Founder (1997) of London-based writing agency BookBlast.