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Writers’ talk Wim Peumans and Sulaiman Addonia

Maastricht

On Thursday 1 December, Jan van Eyck writer-in-residence Wim Peumans and writer Sulaiman Addonia will have a conversation moderated by Nisrine Mbarki. With this talk, Peumans concludes his working period at the Jan van Eyck Academie.

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Jan van Eyck Academie
Academieplein 1
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Wim Peumans is a writer and a doctor of anthropology who has researched the relation between sexuality, migration, and Islam. Sulaiman Addonia writes about migration and his experiences in a refugee camp, but also about love and sexuality. Peumans will talk to Addonia about migration, sexuality and queerness, and about the idea of silence as a language.

Both writers will read from their work.

Work by Wim Peumans and Sulaiman Addonia will be available for purchase on the evening.

Wim Peumans was the Flemish writer-in-residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie in 2022. He is a writer and doctor of anthropology. He has published two award-winning
academic books on sexuality, migration and Islam, including Queer Muslims in Europe (2018) and a political biography of his father, Een Zachte Anarchist (‘A gentle
anarchist’,…

Wim Peumans is a writer and a doctor of anthropology who has researched the relation between sexuality, migration, and Islam. Sulaiman Addonia writes about migration and his experiences in a refugee camp, but also about love and sexuality. Peumans will talk to Addonia about migration, sexuality and queerness, and about the idea of silence as a language.

Both writers will read from their work.

Work by Wim Peumans and Sulaiman Addonia will be available for purchase on the evening.

Wim Peumans was the Flemish writer-in-residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie in 2022. He is a writer and doctor of anthropology. He has published two award-winning
academic books on sexuality, migration and Islam, including Queer Muslims in Europe (2018) and a political biography of his father, Een Zachte Anarchist (‘A gentle
anarchist’, 2019). His first literary non-fiction work, Habibi (2021), which tells the personal stories of ten LGBT Muslims, was published last year and was nominated
for the Flemish Diversity Award. Currently, Peumans is working on a literary biography of the river Meuse.

Sulaiman Addonia is a novelist who fled Eritrea as a refugee in childhood. Dealing with migration and his experiences in refugee camps, his stories cut to the bone. But
Addonia's books are also and perhaps even more about love, about gender and sexuality. His debut novel The Consequences of Love (2008) was shortlisted for the
Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was translated into more than 20 languages. His second novel Silence is My Mother Tongue (2019) was long-listed for the Orwell
Prize for Political Fiction.

Nisrine Mbarki is a multitalented writer, poet, columnist, translator, editor and a programme maker as well as a jury member of several literary prizes. She writes poetry, theater texts and short stories. As a literary translator she translates poetry from Arabic to Dutch.

Wim Peumans’ residency was made possible thanks to the collaboration with Passa Porta,  deBuren and Flanders Literature.

Foto /Photo Sulaiman Addonia: Lyse Ishimwe
Foto /Photo Wim Peumans: Thomas Sweertvaegher/De Morgen

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