Rätten att berätta: Asmaa Azaizeh, Linus de Faire

10 juni 2017

Arr: Clandestino institut


Asmaa Azaizeh received her BA in Journalism and English Language from Haifa University in 2006. She won the Young Writer Award from Al Qattan Foundation in 2010 for her first volume of poetry, ”Liwa”, which was published in 2011. While the second poetry collection ”As The Woman From Lod Bore Me” was published in 2015, and it was launched through a poetry show (where various fields of arts presented the text on stage). She has also contributed to and participated in various journals, anthologies and poetry festivals.

Her work has been translated into English, German, French, Persian, Swedish, Spanish, Dutch, and Italian. Asmaa has also worked as a journalist and presenter in various TV and radio stations. Currently, she works as a freelance writer for cultural magazines, a curator at Fattoush art space and bookshop in Haifa, and a manager of the poetry initiative “Poetry Lab”.


Linus de Faire was born (1977) and raised in the outskirts of Stockholm, Sweden. In 2003, after studying fiction writing at Biskops-Arnö, he moved to Ramallah, Palestine, to teach English for a summer – but ended up staying for two years. Following graduate school in Vienna and Stockholm, he moved back to the region and settle down in Lebanon, working with physically disabled Palestinian refugees. After another two years, he moved to Amman, with a newborn daughter and wife in tow, where for the past six years they have been residing. There he started to write his debut novel, which mostly is set in Beirut, consisting of a memoir written by a man in a Lebanese prison. To this day, Linus wonders whether it’s preferable to live in Lebanon, albeit in a prison, or to live in Amman. Safe to say, he misses Beirut.