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Bradford Literature Festival

Sindbad Sci-Fi is excited to partner with this year’s Bradford Literature Festival – located in one of the most most vibrant cities in the UK.

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Islamicate Science Fiction

Saturday, 21st May 2016 | 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm | University of Bradford

Our panel will talk about their own work and Arabic sci-fi more broadly, touching on lesser known work from past authors as they explore the themes, worlds and wonders this exciting genre contains and examine its place within Islamicate fiction more generally.
Yasmin Khan of website Sindbad Sci-Fi, which is dedicated to promoting Arab science-fiction, moderates the discussion. She’s joined by writer, artist and calligrapher Razwan Ul Haq, whose flowing pieces are coloured with otherworldly influences and cosmological themes; fantasy author Rehan Khan, whose latest book ‘Last of the Tasburai’ centres around a sword-wielding heroine’s struggle against massing evil and the ghosts of her past; and Naomi Foyle, author of ‘The Gaia Chronicles’, a science-fantasy quartet set in a post-fossil fuel Mesopotamia.


Naomi Foyle is the author of ‘The Gaia Chronicles’, a planned quartet currently comprising ‘Astra’, ‘Rook Song’ and ‘The Blood of the Hoopoe’. Also an award-winning poet and a non-Muslim Fellow of the Muslim Institute, Naomi co-founded British Writers In Support of Palestine. Read our book review of Astra here.

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Rehan Khan was born in Wimbledon, close to the quintessential All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. As a child he loved listening to swashbuckling tales of heroism and valor. His debut novel is ‘Last of the Tasburai’ (2014). He is also a professor of management and leadership.

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Razwan Ul-Haq is a British Muslim artist with a wide range of artistic styles. His work can be described as experiential Islamic Art, a post-modern reflection that draws from the well that fed the traditional calligraphic foundations of Islamic Art. Razwan uses a number of science fiction motifs in his work.

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Yasmin Khan is the producer of Sindbad Sci-Fi, which seeks to engage audiences in discovering the interconnections of science fiction across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia and exploring relationships between culture and innovation. Yasmin has partnered with a diverse range of clients and artists to deliver major exhibitions and events across the museums, heritage and creative sectors.

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See the full festival programme: http://www.bradfordliteraturefestival.co.uk


Shubbak Festival partners with Sindbad Sci-Fi




From utopian dreams to dystopian nightmares, could a new wave of Arabic science fiction spur us to reimagine alternative futures in the Middle East and beyond?

Sindbad Sci-Fi’s producer Yasmin Khan joins forces with Shubbak to beam up a stellar panel of visionary writers, including Egyptian Ahmed Khaled Towfik, author of Utopia, Iraqi Ahmed Saadawi, the author of the IPAF-winning Frankenstein in Baghdad and Iraqi playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak, author of a short story about an alien invasion of Baghdad.

Sophia Al Maria Between Distant Bodies, 2013 Video installation on 2 cuboglass TVs Still Courtesy of the Artist and The Third Line, DubaiCopyright: Sophia Al Maria Between Distant Bodies, 2013 Video installation on 2 cuboglass TVs Still Courtesy of the Artist and The Third Line, Dubai


Tickets: £5/£4 over 60s/£3 students and other concessions

Day Pass: £15/£12 over 60s/£10 students and other concessions

Weekend Pass: £26/£20 over 60s/£16 students and other concessions
Booking fees may apply

BOOK ONLINE: http://www.bl.uk/events/shubbak 

or call: 01937 546546

VENUE: The British Library
Conference Centre
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB

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Programme developed in partnership with Saqi Books and the British Library

Supported by British Council, Open Society FoundationsArab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFACInternational Prize for Arabic Fiction, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing and Banipal

Part of the Shubbak Literature Festival www.shubbak.co.uk

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Sindbad Sci-Fi Presents the World at Worldcon: Arabic SF/F

photo croppedDATE: 3pm, Sunday 17th August 2014

Fantastical storytelling in Arabic doesn’t begin with and end with The Thousand and One Nights; in fact there is a long history of speculative fiction in Arabic, stretching all the way back to medieval intellectuals like al-Farabi and Ibn al-Nafis. This panel will explore the past, present and future of Arab and Arabic Science Fiction Narratives, incluyding authors writing in Arabic- such as Ahmed Khalid Towfik and Noura al-Nouman – and the work of members of the Arab diaspora, such as Amal El-Mohtar and Saladin Ahmed.

SPEAKERS: Ibrahim Abbas, Noura Al-Nouman, Yasser Bahjatt and Amal El-Mohtar

VENUE: Capital Suite 8+11, Excel, London Dockland, UK

Join us!

Booking: http://www.loncon3.org