Arabic publishing 'in crisis', Barghouti tells IPA Middle East Seminar

Arabic publishing 'in crisis', Barghouti tells IPA Middle East Seminar

Arabic publishing is in crisis, the celebrated Palestinian poet and writer Mourid Barghouti told delegates at the International Publishers Association’s (IPA) first ever Middle East Seminar.

Speaking at the conference in the Jordanian capital, Amman, Barghouti said most publishing houses appear to be “unaware of the role of a literary editor” and the few that do recruit people to the position “are usually shocked to find that Arab writers, unaccustomed to this tradition, refuse to cooperate with the editor”.

An absence of literary agents has “inflicted upon us a breed of writers who have ...

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