In her best-known book, The Map of Love (1999), the writer Ahdaf Soueif explored the possibilities of language, asking questions about love across cultures and the relationship between the past and the present.
Soueif is also a journalist and activist, and George Alagiah asks her what is possible in a novel that isn’t possible in other forms. “That is what fiction or art can do, that it can throw out these questions and let readers make up their own minds” she replies.
Soueif is also a founding chair of the Palestinian Festival of Literature (Palfest). Her latest book, This Is Not a Border is a collection of writings from people who have appeared on the festival’s programme.
In this clip, Soueif reads from her own essay in the book, on the sanctuary of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Watch the video above to see more of Ahdaf Soueif’s interview from the Hay Festival 2017.
Talking Books: Hay Festival 2017 with Ahdaf Soueif airs on BBC World News at 13:30 on Sat 3 June 2017. Check the schedule for more details.
The Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts celebrates its 30th anniversary in Wales, 25-May 4 June 2017.
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