Yousif M. Qasmiyeh long listed for Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize

Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’ Writing the Camp has been long listed for the very prestigious Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize for writing that evokes the spirit of a place:

Sandeep Parmar, Chair of the RSL Ondaatje Prize judging panel for 2022 says: “From seventeenth-century witch trials in England to a massacre in wartime Poland, the traumatic displacements of a Lebanese refugee camp to the deep scars of Empire on Britain, these, and the other longlisted books, take place to mean both geographical space and the imagined realities of being in the world. Every book teaches us something about how we carry the spirit of place within us across the breach of history through the perils of forgetting.”