Palin, Calil and Mankell turn out for Palfest

<p>The second Palestinian Festival of Literature (Palfest) will take place from 23rd &ndash; 28th May. A group of 17 international writers will tour Ramallah, Jenin, al-Khalil/Hebron and Bethlehem in the West Bank, starting and finishing in Jerusalem, Cultural Capital of the Arab World for 2009. </p><p>Michael Palin will take part, along with writers such as Suad Amiry, Victoria Brittain, Carmen Calil Ahdaf Soueif, Pru Rowlandson and Henning Mankell.</p><p>Adhaf Soueif, chair and founder of Palfest, said: &ldquo;We were overwhelmed by the responses of both our audience and our authors last year; so we can&rsquo;t wait to go back. We found that Palestinian cities &ndash; even in the extraordinarily cruel circumstances in which they find themselves &ndash; manage to produce brilliant art and top class education. Palfest aims to help them carry on doing that.&rdquo;</p><p>The festival is organised in partnership with the British Council and in cooperation with Yabous Productions. Further information can be found at palfest.org. </p>