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Worldwide Reading for Ashraf Fayadh
14 January 2016, 6:00 pm—6:30 pm
English PEN and the Mosaic Rooms are pleased to participate in a worldwide reading in support of Ashraf Fayadh organised by the international literature festival Berlin (ilb) from 6pm-6.30pm on 14 January 2016. The reading of selected poems and other texts by writers including Hassan Abdulrazzak, Selma Dabbagh, Peter Kennard, AL Kennedy, Ruth Padel and Stephen Watts aims to show solidarity with Ashraf and to raise awareness of his current situation.
Ashraf Fayadh is a 35-year-old Palestinian-born poet, artist and curator who lives in Saudi Arabia and has been a key figure in taking Saudi contemporary art to a global audience through his work with the British-Saudi art organisation Edge of Arabia and as a curator for Venice Biennale.
On 17 November 2015, Ashraf Fayadh was charged with apostasy and sentenced to death.
Rights groups and international organisations have strongly condemned the sentence, while over 1000 poets and writers, including Adonis, Paul Muldoon and Carol Ann Duffy, are among the individuals who have signed PEN’s petition on his behalf. His lawyers have filed an appeal ahead of the 30-day deadline on 17 December.
The worldwide reading seeks to raise and maintain awareness of Ashraf’s case at what could be a crucial time in the proceedings. The opening of The Mosaic Rooms’ exhibition, Suspended Accounts, featuring new work by emerging Palestinian artists, will follow the reading.
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