NZ tour of Samah Sabawi this week

Outstanding Palestinian speaker, Samah Sabawi, is coming to Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton & Auckland this week.

Bring your friends to Samah Sabawi’s fee public lecture: “Let my people live"


Mon 16 Feb, 7:00 p.m. Public meeting, WEA Centre, 59 Gloucester St., Christchurch City.


Tues 17 Feb, 6:00 p.m. 19 Tory St, Wellington City


Wed 18 Feb, 7pm, WINTEC, Room A 1.04 , 1st Floor “A” Block (Centre of Campus). Access via Gate 3, Tristram St, Hamilton City.


Thurs 19 Feb, 6pm, University of Auckland, Lecture Theatre 220, Level 2, Arts 1 Building 206, 14a Symonds Street, City.

We hope to see you at Samah Sabawi’s talk near you. Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear Samah speak and to ask her questions!!

BACKGROUND: Samah Sabawi is Gaza Born and Melbourne based. She is an internationally renowned advocate, author, poet and playwright. She is an inspiring international speaker, a well-known researcher on Peace in the Middle East and advisor to international organisations. Ms. Sabawi has talked on topics such as ending the blockade on Gaza, anti-racism and anti-Islamophobia. She has recently returned from speaking publicly in Rome; and has also spoken in Australia, Canada and the U.S. previously.

Ms. Sabawi is also a policy advisor to the Palestinian policy network Al Shabaka, and a member of the board of directors of the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations. She participated in various public forums on peace building, women in conflict areas, the Palestinian right of return, as well as various presentations for interfaith groups. Previously, she was a public advocate for Australians for Palestine, Executive Director and Media Spokesperson for the National Council on Canada-Arab Relations (NCCAR), and a Subject Matter Expert on the Middle East’s cultural and political landscape for the Canadian Foreign Service Institute’s Center for Intercultural Learning.

Samah Sabawi has written and produced the plays Cries from the Land (2003) and Three Wishes (2008), both having staged successfully in Canada. In 2014, Ms. Sabawi completed a sold-out season of her acclaimed play, Tales of a City by the Sea, which had an Arabic production by Al Rowwad Theatre in Palestine and an English production by La Mama Theatre in Melbourne, Australia.

Samah Sabawi’s essays and opeds have appeared in various media outlets including The Australian, Al Jazeera, Al-Ahram, The Globe and Mail, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald among many others. Her poetry has been featured in various magazines and books, most recently in an anthology published by West End Press titled With Our Eyes Wide Open: Poems of the New American Century. She is a frequent guest/co-presenter on 774 ABC Melbourne’s Jon Faine’s Conversation Hour. She appeared alongside Ari Shavit, BBC News New York and UN Correspondent Nick Bryant, actress Miriam Margolyes, and numerous others.

Samah Sabawi is currently co-editing an anthology of plays from diaspora for the Playwrights Canada Press, Canada’s major publisher and distributor of Canadian drama.

You can find some of her written work here:

Samah Sabawi’s 2015 NZ speaking tour is hosted by the NZ Palestine Solidarity Network.
These public events will be free – donations will be welcome.

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