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Dareen Tatour

Dareen Tatour - foto Danielle Alma Ravitzki
Dareen Tatour - foto Danielle Alma Ravitzki

(Israel, 1982) is a poet from Palestinian origine who in 2015 was put under house arrest that would last three years for posting a video on Facebook and YouTube of herself reading a poem titled Resist my people, resist them as the soundtrack to images of Palestinians in violent confrontations with Israeli troops. During her house arrest she was barred from publishing her poetry and from accessing the internet. In 2018 Tatour was sentenced to five months of prison for 'online incitement of terrorism' by the Nazareth district court. She was released from prison in October 2018.
Her first poetry collection, The last invasion, was published in 2010. A second poetry collection and a novel are ready but are on a laptop confiscated by Israeli authorities, says webmagazine Brooklyn Rail (March 2018).

(WN 2019)

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  • Winternachten 2019

    Opening Night - Free the Word!

    With: Dareen Tatour, Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal, Gioconda Belli, Hassnae Bouazza, Jennifer Clement, Madeleine Thien, Michiel Servaes, Radna Fabias, Raj Mohan, Robert van Asten, Ton van de Langkruis

    Opening NIght of the Winternachten festival is dedicated to freedom of expression, featuring poetry, music, the Free the Word! speech, and the Oxfam Novib PEN Awards ceremony.

    Robert van Asten, The Hague Elderman for Mobility, Culture and Strategy opened the festival. Radna Fabias, winner of the 2018 C. Buddingh Prize for best Dutch-language poetry debut, started the night off with a reading from her collection Habitus. Then the Mexican-American writer Jennifer Clement, chair of PEN International, delivered a statement about freedom of expression. After that, Canadian writer Madeleine Thien delivered the Free the Word! speech.

    Nicaraguan writer and poet Gioconda Belli and Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour who currently risk their freedom and lives to seek out and publish the truth were honoured during the prestigious Oxfam Novib PEN Awards ceremony. Oxfam Novib director Michiel Servaes handed out the prizes. Also Italian writer Roberto Saviano received an Oxfam Novib PEN Award. Since the publication of his book Gomorrah (2006), he lives under police protection and could not attend. Afterwards, the other two winners discussed their work and experiences with writer and journalist Hassnae Bouazza and Dutch national news presenter Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal. They read from their own poetry. English spoken.

    The Opening Night programme was framed with musical performances by singer-songwriter Raj Mohan and hosted by Hassnae Bouazza. The evening is a collaboration between Oxfam Novib, PEN International and PEN Nederland.