Stavanger Kulturhus is hosting the 15th Kapittel festival this week. Every day during the festival, ICORN writers read their work in a series of events called "Church Asylum in the Cathedral". The series features Manal Alsheikh, Abu Al Teman, Mansur Rajih, Chenjerai Hove, and Mansour Koushan. Basim Mardan is in Stavanger to introduce the film "Heavy Metal in Bagdad".
Stavanger's ICORN Guest Writer, Manal Alsheikh, also contributed with a reading at the official opening of the festival, and appears Friday evening in the Shahrazad program "The Culture Behind the Conflict". Throughout these events, she shares her stories with a Norwegian audience for the first time, and reads poems that have been translated into Norwegian by Maria Aano Reme. Her story has been widely covered in the press. You can read an article (in Norwegian) here.
The festival offers a very comprehensive program, and among the most exciting guests for ICORN and Shahrazad are Malala Joya and Sami Michael.