Poetry book for Palestine to be launched next week in Galway

Book features work by 30 poets, and in languages such as Arabic, English, Irish, and Spanish

A book of poetry, inspired by the killing of 14-year-old Abdul-Rauf Ismael Salha by Israeli soldiers in January this year, will be launched in Galway next week.

Turangalîla-Palestine, published by the award winning Irish poet John Ennis, will be launched in the Black Gate Cultural Centre, St Francis Street, at 8pm on Monday November 25. The book features work by 30 poets, and in languages such as Arabic, English, Irish, and Spanish.

"The idea of the book dates back to mid-January of this year when the face of yet another dead Palestinian teenager, Abdul Ra’uf Salha, another victim of Israeli sniper fire, appeared on Facebook," said Mr Ennis. "Something gave in me then to respond with some kind of measured coherence, and in that instant the book was conceived.

"Turangalîla-Palestine focuses on the very recent dead of a contemporary conflict, the casualties of The Great March of Return. Just as children in Palestine wrote the names of their dead schoolmates on pieces of paper so they wouldn’t be forgotten, so poets in the book wrote poems under named victims so that they, known as the martyrs, would be remembered."

All are welcome to the launch. See also johnennispoet.com

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