The Department of Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh is partnering with Visiting Arts and Comma Press on a special workshop session unpicking contemporary literature in Persian and English from award winning Iranian writers followed by a performative exploration of text with Dr Azin Haghighi; award winning theatre maker, author and current University of Glasgow MLitt student Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh. The workshop will involve a reading and analysis in terms of language, themes, context and style of contemporary short fiction and writing for the stage. The group will then investigate the convergence of literature, live performance and film – developing and presenting the original material together.
Limited spaces available. Apply for a place at this workshop by sending your CV and an expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Edinburgh (Room Name TBC on booking)
The Edinburgh Iranian Festival aims to increase understanding of Iranian culture, history and people, at a time when perceptions of the country in the Western world are heavily skewed by politics. Aiming to span both Iran’s rich history and its contemporary cultural life, this biennial festival hopes to address misconceptions by introducing Scotland to the heart and soul of Iran – from its art and music, through to its history and food. With over 5,000 Iranians currently living in Scotland, and given the celebrated tradition for cultural festivals in the Capital, Edinburgh is a natural home for this Festival.