Egyptian Earth: Translations Book Club - Wallsend Library


Throughout 2021 we will be reading, discussing and responding to works written by authors who write in Arabic and whose works have been translated into English.

For our January discussion we will be reading Egyptian Earth by Abdel Rahman al Sharqawi. Hosted by Ashraf Abdelbaky - Interpreter and doctoral UON student.

Set in the 1930s and upheld as a masterpiece of modern Arabic literature Egyptian Earth, charts a 12-year-old boy returning from his school in Cairo to his village, where a decree threatens to disrupt community life. However, the schoolmaster urges the villages to rebel:

“This was a heroic village all its life...this was their water, they must have it, whatever means they take!”

Pick up a copy of the book in English or Arabic at Newcastle Libraries - reserve or locate a copy here

Ages: 18+

Cost: Free

Bookings essential

Important booking information:  All efforts are being taken to make our library programs safe and inclusive. To help make our programs safer we require all participants to book in advance online. Unfortunately, we won’t have space for drop ins.

If you are unwell, or someone in your household is unwell, please stay home. If you cannot make it to a program please cancel your ticket, so someone else can join in the fun.

Other sessions of Translations Book Club - Please check our What's On Calendar for these upcoming sessions in 2021:

  • Tuesday 16 March
  • Tuesday 18 May
  • Tuesday 20 July
  • Tuesday 21 September
  • Tuesday 16 November

  • 30 Bunn Street
  • 19 January 2021