The Edinburgh International Book Festival and the British Council will bring the Edinburgh World Writers' Conference (EWWC) to Cairo on Friday December 7 and Saturday December 8, 2012.
The two-day conference will be held at the British Council in Agouza and the Civic Centre in El Gezirah, in partnership with Diwan Bookstore, the University of Cairo and the General Egyptian Book Organisation. The conference will include several major Egyptian writers who have been invited to participate in this global conversation. All events are open to the public.
The event in Cairo will bring some vital voices to the global EWWC debate, asking big questions. Poet and political commentator Tamim Al-Barghouti will ask the question 'Should Literature Be Political?' (Sat. at 8:00 PM) with a response from Scottish poet Aonghas MacNeacail. The second conversation will look at 'The Future of the Novel' (Sat. 1:30 PM). Writer and translator Sahar el Mougy will address an Egyptian and international audience to contemplate where literature is headed. British novelist Maggie Gee will respond.
These events will take place at the Civil Education Centre, El Borg Street, El Gezirah (click here for more details and map)
For more information about the EWWC, click here and here.