We recommend you read the 2008 Winners of the Saif Ghobash – Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation. The following is a small excerpt from the Prize’s official website. I invite you to read about it in its entirety at http://www.banipaltrust.org.uk/prize/award2008.php
As a special memorial to Mahmoud Darwish, the ‘Palestinian National Poet’ who passed away in August 2008, the October 6th gathering of Kutub focused on this iconic poet’s life and works. Unlike previous Kutub gatherings, where we have focused on one novel, for this special Kutub we reflected on a variety of Darwish’s poetry and prose and discussing the impact of his life as well as his works.
Further information about this special Kutub – including themes discussed, selections of Darwish’s poetry, interviews and links to recordings of him reciting his works – can be found below.