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

We are delighted to share the news that Yousif M. Qasmiyeh’ Writing the Camp has been short listed for the very prestigious Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, awarded annually to an outstanding work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry that best evokes the spirit of a place.

RSL Ondaatje Prize 2022 Shortlist Announced – Royal Society of Literature (

Yousif ‘s reaction was: “In the refugee camp, the spirit of the place does not only belong to the camp itself, but also, and always, to places that lie before and after the camp. It is a huge honour for Writing the Camp to be shortlisted for the 2022 RSL Ondaatje Prize and for refugees and their places, wherever they are, to be recognised in their own right.”