An Ocean Away: Poetry with Alia Al Shamsi and Jennifer Wong

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Alia Al Shamsi is an Emirati Italian author and artist whose latest work is a poetry anthology, The Ocean Sees Through My Soul, written in Arabic and English over ten years. Sharing intimate feelings of heartbreak, frustration, self-reflection and redemption, the author describes the book as being “made up of little parts of me, in every poem a little story of a place, a time and an emotion gone by...the book follows my personal journey through finding strength in my own vulnerability.” She is joined by Hong Kong poet and translator, Jennifer Wong, whose recent collection, Letters Home, is also a personal history, focused on the poignancy of living away from home and the complexities of being caught between nations, languages and cultures. They share their poetic journeys with Poet and Associate Professor at HKBU, James Shea. This event is supported by the Consulate General of the United Arab Emirates in Hong Kong

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