Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline wins an English PEN Award.

Saqi Books is delighted to announce that Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline has won an English PEN Award.

This anthology of new work, by established and emerging Syrian writers and artists, features essays, short stories, poems and songs, as well as photographs, cartoons, drawings and illustrations, capturing a people discovering themselves and coming into their own expression about their lives, hopes and aspirations during a time of great turmoil in a country where dissent was always heavily coded – and, when it wasn’t, was suppressed, its authors imprisoned.

Lynn Gaspard, publisher at Saqi Books, said: “Syria Speaks is a unique anthology the first to provide a window into Syrian art and writing since the uprising. It is incredibly important and moving and the editors, Malu Halasa, Zaher Omareen and Nawara Mahfoud, have to be commended for their admirable work. Working under unimaginable constraints, they have obtained 35 original pieces by Syrian writers and artists, 17 of which were inside the country. We are thrilled to be collaborating with English PEN and will invite some of the contributors to participate at events at the British Museum, Rich Mix and other venues in and outside London next year.”

Saqi Books with its sister company Dar al Saqi in Beirut will

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release English and Arabic-language editions simultaneously in June 2014.