Novelist, journalist and political commentator Ahdaf Soueif was in Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the 18 days of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Reporting on the ground for the Guardian and other media as the dramatic events unfolded in her city, Soueif witnessed the impact of the revolution on the people campaigning and celebrating in the streets, as well as on the writers and artists working in the city.
The Arab Spring presents us with important questions beyond politics: What does it mean for an artist to bear witness to a revolution? How is it reflected in their work? Ahdaf Soueif explores the intersection between art and politics in her opening address at the Perth Writers Festival.
Perth, February 2013