Author Archives: alialjamri

About alialjamri

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

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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Resistance Is My Mother Tongue – Reflections

Today is International Mother Language Day and as part of the festivities planned in Manchester, I co-produced, with Nasima Begum and Young Identity, Resistance Is My Mother Tongue, a multi-lingual poetry event. You can rewatch the event here: Major thanks … Continue reading

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Between Two Islands: Poetry Writing Workshops for Bahrainis in Britain

ما بين جزيرتين – ورش عمل حول كتابة الشعر للبحرينيين المقيمين في بريطانيا I am excited to announce a new series of poetry workshops for the Bahraini community in the UK! Click here to register for the events (اضغط هنا … Continue reading

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The Desire of Life – Abu Al-Qassim Al-Shabbi (A New Translation)

A new translation of the famous Arabic poem ‘The Desire of Life’ by Abu Al-Qassim Al-Shabbi Continue reading

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On Instagram

Just a note, in case people still regularly come across my writings here, that my most up to date place for my work is Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alialjamri_scribbles/ This blog will continue to be a home for longer pieces, but if you … Continue reading

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After the Last Edition

The ink stains on the rollers, like so much coughed up blood, are dry to the touch. Halls echo desertion, and dust mates with dust. None knock. None knock but the bulldozer. None knock but the man in the ghutra. … Continue reading

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200 Years of British-Bahraini Relations? Pirates, Rogue Diplomats, and a Missing Treaty

2016 is apparently the 200th anniversary of British-Bahraini relations. The story goes that, in 1816, Britain and Bahrain signed a Treaty of Friendship which has endured the centuries, that these allies have grown to be amongst the closest and warmest … Continue reading

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