A Bird is not a Stone is a collection of contemporary Palestinian poetry in Arabic, translated and reworked by Scottish poets into English, Scots, Gaelic and Shetlandic. The bilingual collection will be published by Glasgow's Freight Books in summer 2014.
That much we know. What happens when A Bird is not a Stone hits the big wide world?
That's where you come in. We want to make sure that this collection and the messages it carries - of cultural vitality, of life, of communication - find the widest possible audience. In order to do that, we are fundraising for two things. Firstly, to be able to share as many copies of the book as possible, principally with universities, libraries and other institutions in Palestine and in Palestinian refugee communities. And secondly, to enable Palestinian poets to come to Scotland (and, ok, maybe the rest of Britain) and Scottish poets to visit Palestine, to share their work with different audiences.
Thank you for reading this far, and thank you for supporting us. You can find out more about the project, the poets involved, and updates, on the book's website.
Risks and challenges
We know that this project has a solid basis, in that the core of it - the book - will be published. We have an established publisher with a great track record, so we are confident that there will be a publication to share. But, as with any international project, ensuring that the book gets out there will be the big challenge. The main risk that we envisage with the events we want to hold are visa issues. A number of Palestinian artists and those from other parts of the Arab world have been refused visas to the UK in recent years, and getting to Palestine always presents problems for those sympathetic to Palestinian issues. In the UK, we have the backing of some major arts institutions and individuals experienced in handling these kind of issues and able to offer advice and support. And, ultimately, we know that we have to plan contingencies into all our events, such as live links and replacement readers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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