25 March

Launch of Willow Trees Don't Weep, SOAS, University of London, at 7-8:30 p.m. Open to the Public

11 March

Launch of Willow Trees Don't Weep, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Durham University, at 5:30 p.m. Open to the Public


Launch of Willow Trees Don't Weep in Amman, Jordan. More details soon


8-10 April

Authors round table and book signing, Fourth Annual Translation Conference, Translating and Interpreting Institute, and Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, Doha, Qatar

11 April

Teaching an intensive one-day workshop entitled, ‘Lost and Gained in Literary Translation’,Translating and Interpreting Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar

10 March

‘Feminism and the Middle East’ panel discussion, led by author Ahdaf Soueif, Women of the World Festival 2013, SouthBank Centre, London, Britain

9 March

Fiction from Art: creative writing masterclass, The Mosaic Rooms, London, Britain

15 February

‘Bluebells for England: Writing the post-colonial space’,‘She Who Tells A Story: Narratives of Creativity by Women from the Middle East’ symposium, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, Britain

‘Syria In Conflict’, round table discussion, Durham University, Durham, Britain

8 February


6 December

‘Life of Writing’. English Department, Newcastle University, Newcastle, Britain

1 December

Novel Writing Workshop, Selby Arts Festival, Selby, Britain

5-13 November

LECTURE TOUR OF GERMANY. Talks in Berlin, Tubingen, Karlsruhe and Leipzig. (Please Check internet for more details)

26 October

Chairing Dr Amal Al-Malki’s book launch at the Durham Book Festival, St Aidan’s College, Durham University, Durham, Britain

24 October

BBC World Service’s ideas discussion programme The Forum with Australian author and playwright Thomas Keneally and Turkish historian Taner Akcem

4 October

Spoke to BBC World Service’s daily arts programme The Strand  on Arabic translation of Fifty Shades of Grey

13 May

A talk in Ghor il-Mazra’a, a village south of the Dead Sea, Jordan. The visit was organised by Zikra Initiative

9 May

Key Reading and Q&A at American University, Madaba, Jordan

8 May

'Gendering the Arab Spring', Jordan Media Institute, Amman, Jordan

6 May

'Bluebells for England', Guest of Honour and Keynote Speaker, at Inking and Thinking conference, The English Dept, University of Jordan Amman, Jordan

30 April

Reading and book signing, Translation and Interpreting Institute, Translation in and of the World conference, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation, Doha, Qatar

27 April,

Masterclass: The Craft of Writing Fiction - Flesh Made Word, Translation and Interpreting Institute, Qatar Foundation Education City, Doha, Qatar

24 April 

'Granada: Migrations, Hybridity and Transcultural Encounters', keynote Speech at Fast English: English Language and Literature in a Globlized World Conference, Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait, Kuwait


12 February

Key reading, Imagining Islamism: Literature, Film and Politics in the Arab World, Storey Creative Industries Centre, Lancaster, UK

11 May

Talk entitled 'Arab Women Democrats without Democracy? The Role of Women in Arab Uprisings', Gender, Separatism and Extremism Workshop, The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK

29 May

Join panel discussion on role of author in Arab uprising, DublinWriters Festival, Dublin, Ireland

13 October

Talk at Frankland (HM Prison), Brasside, Co. Durham, UK

18 October

A scripted reading, 'Writing Freedom' With Pat Barker, Jean 'Binat' Breeze, Tony Williams and Janette Jenkins, Chapter House, Durham Cathedral, Durham, UK

28 October

'Is the Arab Spring Leaving Women in the cold?', 'Gendering the Arab Spring' workshop, Warwick University, Coventry, UK

14 November

Creative Writing workshop at St Bede's Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Lanchester, UK

13 December

Lecture and discussion of my novel My Name is Salma at Godolphin and Latymer School, Hammersmith, London, UK


4 February

Talk at Frankland High Security Prison, Brasside, County Durham

23 February

Talk to students of Creative Writing, The English Department, Newcastle University, Newcastle

5-10 March

Launch of Danish Translation of My Name is Salma. Several events including a Q&A with journalist Pernille Bramming on 9 March at Tranqubar Book Cafe, Copenhagen.

16 April

Keynote - Interviewed by Dr Claire Chambers, Postcolonialism and Islam Conference, University of Sunderland

2-6 June

Talk (with author Hisham Matar), Radius of Arab American Writers National Conference, Palmer Commns, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

12 October

'Muslim Women's Autonomy and Inheritance Rights', School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham


18 February

A talk on my writing journey, Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Cambridge University

25 September

First meeting of Durham Divan, a forum for published authors based in the North-East of England, St Aidan’s College, Durham University

10 December

Keynote speech, Interdisplinary Workshop: Arab Women Writers in Diaspora: Horizons of Dialogue, University of Manchester


23 January,

Speaking to members of the local book club, Hovingham, North Yorkshire

5 April  

A talk on transcultural writing and a reading, Hay Festival Alhambra, Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain


Launch of paperback of My Name is Salma, Transworld Publishers, London

13 April

A talk to celebrate National Book Start Day, Durham Market Place

April 22

Launch of paperback of My Name is Salma, St Mary’s College, Durham University, Durham

April 30

Asian Women Writers event, Redbridge Book & Media Festival, Ilford, London

May 1st

Talk, Trans-Scriptions 3: Memory, Mood, and 'Multicultural' Britain, Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research, Lancaster University, Lancaster

2 May 

Interviewed live for Women's Hour, BBC Radio 4

2 June

Talk on women in Islam, Café Culture, World Headquarters, Newcastle

5 June

Reading for Lisan Magazine, Basel, Switzerland

13 July

Reading and Talk, Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival, The Bluecoat

17-22 September

Guest of Honour, 74th World Congress of  International Pen, Bogota, Colombia

15 September

‘In the Language of the Other’, Dept of Literature and Humanities, University of Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia


15-19 April

London Book Fair

8 May

Launch of My Name is Salma in London

18 May

Reading at Books and More Bookshop, 135 Bradford Road, Shipley, UK, part of Bradford Book Festival

May 31

Attending the launch of the Centre for Transnational Writing and Research, Dept of English and Creative Writing, University of Lancaster

8 June

Giving a talk entitled, ‘Lost in Translation: the Arab Book in the Language of the Other’, ‘Who’s Afraid of World Literature(s)?’ Seminar, Percy Building, Newcastle University, organised by The Northern Association for Postcolonial Studies

21 June

'Shahrazad Strip-Searched', The Human rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, part of Writing Resistance: The Literature of Exile seminar

 1-4 July

Paris to meet the press and promote Mon Nom est Salma, Edition Liana Levi

8 September

Meeting the Amman Creative Writing Group (Organised by Sally Bland)

10 September

Launching My Name is Salma, University Bookshop, Monday 6 pm. (Organised and hosted by Lina Qutub)

11 September

A visit to the Royal Film Commission of Jordan. Lunch with the general manager Pernilla Frykholm.

12 September

Meeting the Amman Creative Writing Group at Maha Abu-Ayyash’s workshop/gallery

6 October

Reading at the Durham Literary Festival, the Studio, the Gala Theatre, Durham

 7 October

Reading at the Low Newton Women’s Prison (organised by Wendy Robertson, writer in residence, and Avril Joy, Head of Learning and Skills at Low Newton Prison)

6 November

Reading for the Living Room Book Club, The Living Room Bar, 12 Grey Street, Newcastle

26 October

Chairing Dr Amal Al-Malki’s book launch at the Durham Book Festival, St Aidan’s College, Durham University, Durham, Britain