An Audience with Ahmed Masoud

The Palestinian novelist reads from his new novel and talks with Sabrin Hasbun.

Newly returned from Gaza, Dr Ahmed Masoud will read from his second novel, Come What May, published on 5 May, and will discuss his work with our own Sabrin Hasbun.

Rather than being ‘a standard murder-mystery’ set in Gaza, says this reviewCome What May ‘is a multi-faceted novel about family, friendships, love, intra-Palestinian prejudices, class issues, and a woman’s struggle to be taken seriously in an unequal and deeply conservative society which is isolated from the rest of the world.’

It is ‘a truly captivating novel … full of empathy and humanity.’

Ahmed Masoud is a writer and director who grew up in Gaza and moved to Britain in 2002, where he founded the ‘theatrical dabke troupe’ Al Zaytouna. His 2009 play Go to Gaza, Drink the Sea (‘a moving plea for the cherishable value of every human life’, said Michael Billington in the Guardian) was followed by Escape from Gaza (Radio 4, 2011), Walaa (2014) and the black comedy The Shroud Maker (2017). His first novel, Vanished: The mysterious disappearance of Mustafa Ouda (2011), won the Muslim Writers Award.

Sabrin Hasbun is an Italian-Palestinian writer, translator and academic. She recently completed a doctorate in creative writing and history under Ilan Pappé and now teaches creative writing at Falmouth University.

Date and time

Fri, 1 July 2022

7:00pm – 9:00pm BST


Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN