‘Writing the Camp’ shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize 2022

Refugee Hosts is delighted to announce that 'Writing the Camp,' the poetry collection written by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh during his work as the Refugee Hosts Writer-in-Residence, has been shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize 2022.  The RSL Ondaatje Prize is awarded by the RSL to 'an outstanding work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry that…

‘Writing the Camp’ selected as one of the Best Poetry Books of 2021 by The Irish Times

Writing the Camp - the poetry collection written by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh during his work as the Refugee Hosts Writer-in-Residence - has been selected as one of the Best Poetry Books of 2021 by The Irish Times, with Seán Hewitt praising it as a "vital sequence of poems... a remarkable collection." Writing the Camp was…

‘Writing the Camp’ Highly Commended by the Forward Prizes

Writing the Camp - the poetry collection written by Yousif M. Qasmiyeh during his work as the Refugee Hosts Writer-in-Residence - has been Highly Commended by this year's Forward Prizes, building on the collection having been selected as The Poetry Book Society's Spring 2021 Recommendation earlier this year, and named as one of ‘the best…

“Writing the Camp” – Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’s new poetry collection named The Poetry Book Society’s Spring 2021 Recommendation

We are delighted to announce that Refugee Hosts' writer-in-residence Yousif M. Qasmiyeh's poetry collection, "Writing the Camp", will be released on the 28th February 2021 (published by Broken Sleep Books), and has been selected as The Poetry Book Society’s Spring 2021 Recommendation. The collection is available to pre-order here. Praise for Writing the Camp: “Yousif M.…

Moving Objects Symposium and Exhibition Launch

The Refugee Hosts project is delighted to invite you to join us for the Moving Objects symposium and exhibition launch event on the 14th March at University College London. Both events will provide an opportunity to reflect on the exhibition, and our project's own work with displaced communities in Lebanon and Jordan, whose involvement is…

“To embroider the voice with its own needle”

Marking the launch of the inaugural issue of the Migration and Society journal, in this piece Yousif M. Qasmiyeh (Refugee Hosts' Writer in Residence and Creative Encounters Editor of the new journal) sets out one of the aims of the journals' Creative Encounters section; to problematise the notion of voice. The piece also presents five poems…

CHASE Arabic Poetry and Story Translation Workshop: “Refugee Writings, Creative Encounters, with Yousif M. Qasmiyeh and Selma Dabbagh”

Arabic Stories and Poetry in Translation is a series of workshops held at Birkbeck,  University of London and SOAS.  Refugee Host's writer in residence, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, will join author Selma Dabbagh, a British Palestinian fiction writer,  to lead a workshop exploring issues that face writers and artists 'when they voice the world of Arabic…

Shadows and Echoes in/of Displacement

Shadows and Echoes in/of Displacement: Temporalities, spatialities and materialities of displacement by Prof. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Refugee Hosts In line with our project's Spaces and Places not Faces approach to representation, a key question arising in Refugee Hosts is how we can represent, and conceptualise, the 'field-sites' where we are conducting research. Through diverse media -…

Necessarily, the Camp is the Border

Necessarily, the Camp is the Border Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, University of Oxford and Refugee Hosts Writer in Residence There, the noise is also the religious… On a day as chilly as the pulses of those who took away our things and left the door ajar, you gave birth to me in darkness: you, the midwife,…

My Mother’s Heels

My Mother’s Heels Yousif M. Qasmiyeh, University of Oxford and Refugee Hosts ‘I live in Baddawi Camp.’ This is what I used to tell foreigners every single time they came to my primary school. At times I used to run after them and repeat these words without waiting for their questions. I have always thought…