Our Dreams of Jasmine: book launch and poetry listening

15th Jul 2023, 1:30pm
Bootle Library

Poetry as a Gift, a Feeling, and a Portal. Our Dreams of Jasmine is a multi-lingual publication, and co-produced sound piece, containing a collection of love poems selected by women with experience of migration and written by artist Jessica El Mal.

The love poems span romantic desire and longing, peaceful admiration for flowers and spring, and deep, deep friendships. In the languages of English, Arabic, and Persian, even our very concept of love surpasses one meaning.

In the full bloom of Summer, this July you are invited to join us for the launch of Our Dreams of Jasmine publication, and the first public sharing of the sound piece, taking place in Bootle Library’s L-Shaped Garden, recently reimagined by Harun Morrison.

An arrival DJ set with sound producer Yasmeen Soudani will guide us into a live listening of Our Dreams of Jasmine. The live listening will be followed by readings from the book, a performance from musician and vocalist Rita Kamale, and women involved in the project.

Our Dreams of Jasmine is a project by artist and curator Jessica El Mal in collaboration with sound producer Yasmeen Soudani, musician and vocalist Rita Kamale, co-producers Sohailla Mirzai, Shefaa, Aliya, Ayana, Fatimeh Al Sabty, Reem Alazemi, Fatima Aidarous, Soulaf Al Kort, and literary translator Noussaiba Roussi.

The project is a collaborative outcome of Jessica El Mal’s commission with At The Library, inviting women with experience of migration to explore natural spaces in Liverpool City Region through art, poetry, and sound in a series of workshops and days out.

Booking is essential, spaces are limited. Please book your place here on Eventbrite.

If you have any questions, you can contact a librarian, email hello@atthelibrary.co.uk, or message/text/WhatsApp: 07751240427. Please contact us to discuss your access needs and how we can cater for them during the event.

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