My 2020 in Books

I am stealing this meme from the blog 476Books, who spotted it from others. I only publish meme once in a while, possibly once a year, but I enjoy reading them more than writing them and I fancy to get inspired by some of the titles I come across. I was surprised by how unexpectedly…

On Memory: An Evening with Palestinian Writers

London, October 29th– The Arab British Centre hosted an event on Memory with four displaced Palestinian artists. During a brief presentation, I learnt that the ABC is a registered charity which promotes Arabic culture, language and knowledge in the UK and aims to enhance relationships of respect, support and collaboration. In fact, it is one of…

Readers on the road: New Beacon Books in London

I am going to call this out with a bit of vehemence, as I am not sure it currently has the attention it deserves. I would love to have known the New Beacon probably back a decade ago, when I happened to be in a London short-stay, conducting researches for my dissertation in Caribbean literature.…

Ita->Eng, A poem by Lucia Sallustio

Traveling across the borders of languages, are there any constraints at all? I think I considered this a little personal challenge but I realised I was just not fit for it: translating a poem from Italian into English. I suppose a good translation is possible if translators are able bring pieces of information from another…

#StreetArt

The Central Club mural in London Street  (Reading, GB), was completed in 1990 and depicts the history of black culture blending figures such as Malcolm X with representatives from the local black community. One of these figures is Terrance ‘Jeff’ Allamby, a campaigner who lobbied for the club to open, who was shot dead in 1996. He is pictured…

Lingue dominanti e resistenza, una poesia/ Languages of power and resistance, a poem

Non so se sia realmente uno dei suoi intenzionali scopi, ma leggendo la seguente poesia ho percepito un riferimento alle lingue europee imposte nel mondo. Secondo meccanismi di potere e supremazia, fu data la lingua a chi ne aveva già una (o più di una) e non ne aveva un reale bisogno. Tuttavia,  le lingue e le…