Because We've Read


Saturday. 12th December 2020 | 13:00 - 14:30



Join a Book Club Meeting with #becauseweveread curated in response to the themes of the exhibition: ‘Mapping Sanctuaries.’ We will start the event with a short tour of the exhibition, and also read excerts from 'Emails from Scheherazad & Other Poems,' by Mohja Kafh

This event will be curated and facilitated by Maryam Abdullah, co-facilitated by 'Mapping Sanctuaries,' artist Alaa Alsaraji.


Maryam spearheads the London group of the international book club #becauseweveread, and hosts regular book clubs at Rich Mix on topics such as colonialism, racism, gender and global politics. The aim being to take these conversations out of elite spaces, and make them more accessible - both in terms of language and space - to local community members

She is also a coordinator for the Newham Word Festival, supporting young people to produce events and to bring to the fore conversations that are important to them. She's delivered workshops for young people in schools, facilitating discussions on decolonisation, eurocentrism and knowledge production.


Because We've Read is a radical, international book club challenging understandings of the status quo & mobilizing communities globally.



Due to updated Covid-19 restrictions, we will only have space for 6 participants, in order to meet government guidelines and to allow for adequate social distancing during the event.





A P21 Gallery event



In partnership with Amal (a Saïd Foundation programme)



Supported by HUB Collective, Arab British Centre and Arts Council England