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Status past Date 2019-03-20 
Name Hit 208
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EventName 2019 Cairo Literature Festival
Period 2019-02-16 ~ 2019-02-21
Place Egypt

Poet Kim Seung-hee Participates in 2019 Cairo Literature Festival

 

From February 16 to 21, the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea) participated in the Cairo Literature Festival 2019 with the poet Kim Seung-hee.

 

▲ 2019 Cairo Literature Festival Poster

 

This year’s Cairo Literature Festival was attended by over 30 literary figures from many countries, including Germany, the Czech Republic, Singapore, Malaysia, and Oman. The opening ceremony featured Syrian writer Shahla Al-Ajili, who was nominated for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction—known as the Man Booker Prize of the Arabic-speaking world—and Egyptian writer Adel Esmat.

 

Kim attended the festival on official invitation from the organizing committee. She gave readings of three poems from her anthology Life Within an Egg (Arabic: الحياة داخل بيضة), translated into and published in Arabic in 2017, and three poems from Hope is Lonely, slated for publication in Egypt this year. The readings took place on February 17 and 21, with the second session also featuring a parallel reading in Arabic by Cairo University Professor Mohmoud Ahmed Abdel Ghaffar, the translator of the anthology. The reading sessions were received with rapt audience attention.

 

 

▲ The reading session at the Cairo Literature Festival

 

Kim also gave a special lecture on February 18 at Ain Shams University, the first university in the Arabic-speaking world to establish a Korean language program. The lecture was titled “The World of My Poetry: Bellybuttons, Eggs, Blood Types, and Coloring”, and was jointly hosted by the Korean Cultural Centre in Egypt and Ain Shams University’s department of Korean language. This was the first Korean literary event of its kind in Egypt since the cessation of literary exchanges with the country during the Arab Spring in 2011. It was met with great enthusiasm from those in attendance, who even requested additional lecture events in the future.

 

 

▲ The special lecture at Ain Shams University

 

Kim also spoke at a modern Korean literature seminar at the university on February 20, introducing students to prominent figures in modern Korean poetry such as Yun Tong-ju and Yi Yuksa. One of the students in attendance responded that the seminar was very helpful in learning about modern Korean poetry and its relationship with imperialism, and about the influence of foreign literature on Korean literature.

 

▲ The modern Korean literature seminar

 

The series of Korean literary events in Egypt will raise awareness about Korean literature and assist in further publication in not only the country, but the rest of the Arabic-speaking world. The success of Kim Seung-hee and LTI Korea’s participation in the festival is expected to revitalize cultural exchanges between Korea and the Arabic-speaking world.