• WoWFest19 Presents: Tehran Now

  • Wed, 08-05-2019 at 19:00
  • Writing on the Wall
    Toxteth Library
    L81XF Liverpool
WoWFest19 Presents: Tehran Now - Writing on the Wall - Liverpool

WoWFEST19 is thrilled to present 'The Young, Cosmopolitan City of Stories You’ve Been Missing - Tehran Now ...'What do we in the West really know of urban life, cultural traditions and contemporary writing in Iran today versus its profile in the media? What may surprise you are the similarities with life in the UK. In Liverpool in the past few years the local Iranian community has seen a dramatic rise and Persian (Farsi) is the 7th most widely spoken language in London. The population of Iran is over 80 million with 60% aged under 30. It’s capital city Tehran is highly literate and home to one of the largest international book fairs in the world staged every year in early May. Iranian women novelists published a wave of bestsellers around the turn of the millennium that reached an international readership. Where is Iranian literature now?In a rare commission by Comma Press and Visiting Arts, The Book of Tehran allows English readers to experience the real life of this city through ten of the best contemporary short stories published after 2000 by Iran’s most exciting literary voices. Tehran appears in these stories as both a physical entity (with all its iconographic features), and a cultural reality with contrasting and evolving rituals, norms, and anomalies. As a result of this latter, perhaps, Tehran also appears as a point of arrival and departure for the émigré. Tehran’s story is inevitably a story of migration, of getting lost and found, sometimes in the same breath.Writing on the Wall invites you to our 20th annual festival, under the theme: 'Where Are We Now? Change is in the air. All that is solid, like the icecaps, is melting into air. Things fall apart - can the centre hold? The rich are getting richer, but otherwise uncertainty is the order of the day; Brexit, climate change, class, feminism, gender, race, populism, fake news, digital surveillance, and more, much more, are changing and challenging all our old conceptions. The stage is now set for WoWFest19 to seek answers to the question...