How did you become a writer?
My father was a poet and he has a library at home full of poetry books where I found myself adoring reading them since I was a child, plus my grandfather was a blind and he used to ask me to read traditional Arabic poetry for him, which enriched my vocabularies and imagination.
Tell us a bit about what you are working on/writing just now?
I’m writing a play about the plight of Palestinian refugees living in Syria, and the impact of the Syrian revolution on them and their refugee camps from all angles, emotionally, humanly, past, present, and future, even the affects of this ordeal on the life of Syrians Palestinians who are living abroad, but still have strong connections to the country.
You’re registered on our Live Literature database to carry out events in the community – why do you think it is important that you meet your readers?
As a poet I believe it’s important to perform your poems directly in front of the audience, poetry is not only something to be silently read, it will get the right reaction and understanding when delivered together by the tongue and the body language.
Do you have a favourite project that you’ve taken part in?
It was when I collaborated with poet Tessa Ransford on a two-way translation project for a book, ‘Rug of a Thousand Colours’, with poems inspired by the Five Pillars of Islam, published by Luath Press in September 2012, the book is a humanitarian message, not a religious one, trying to create more mutual understanding between people of different beliefs in poetical and artistic way.
What three things make a great event?
1- The performer and their unique way in delivery
2- The audience
3- The venue