Author Archives: alialjamri

About alialjamri

Young journalist, blogger, trying to make sense of the world we live in.

Reflections on ‘Silence is a Sense’

I: Fear and Expression Let me begin with a quotation, not from the book I’m about to consider but from another it called to my mind: In the fearful years of the Yezhov terror I spent seventeen months in prison … Continue reading

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The Story of Nabih Saleh

I visited Bahrain for the first time in too many years this summer. On one day, we did a tour of historic mosques in the islands, visiting the resting places of Sheikh Maytham Al-Bahrani (Mahooz), Emir Zaid bin Sohan (Malchiyya), … Continue reading

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Jan-July 2022 Roundup

It feels like a very long time since any posts have come up here – and indeed, it’s because it has been. It’s been an incredibly busy year. I’ve completed my first year of teacher training (got my QTS, but … Continue reading

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‘Al-Baseet Diary’ – Teaching Myself Metered Arabic

At the start of 2021, I gave myself the goal of writing metered Arabic poetry. One year on, I have not managed to do that to any degree of satisfaction, however I have come a long way. I’ve read more … Continue reading

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Between Two Islands – Round Up

It has been a bumper month for the Between Two Islands project. I’ve been too busy to even do all the marketing expected of sole artists in today’s market… So in case you missed it: The Between Two Islands Shop … Continue reading

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New Poem: Prophecy & Prayers

A new poem of mine is published today in Issue 1 of BAHR // بحر magazine, a great new, bilingual En/Ar magazine. My poem, Prophecy & Prayers, is best read on a computer (or ‘Desktop View’) due to its formatting. … Continue reading

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RAQABIYYA, or Neck Tax

RAQABIYYA, or Neck Tax Granny, chewing a date, transmits her soul, then presses it between the baby girl’s lips. “[They] suffer from the tyranny of their masters more keenly than language can express,” observes Captain Robert Taylor of the East India Companyas he passes … Continue reading

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Review: The Arabic Prose Poem by Huda Fakhreddine

I had the pleasure of discovering Huda Fakhreddine’s work a few months ago, just as I set myself the challenge to write more in Arabic. Her articles on the Arabic prose poem were insightful, and so I eagerly awaited her … Continue reading

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Between Two Islands — Out now!

Between Two Islands is OUT NOW and free to download: https://alialjamri.com/betweentwoislands/ For print copies, please enquire. Check the link above for full details.

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World Poetry Day – The Stories We Thread

Sunday 21 March was World Poetry Day, and I was delighted to be one of the poets featured in the film marking the day for Manchester City of Literature and Manchester Poetry Library. You can watch the video below: I … Continue reading

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