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“The Stone Serpent, Barates of Palmyra’s Elegy for Regina his Beloved” is a book of poems written by Syrian poet Nouri al-Jarrah after a single line in Aramaic on a tombstone in Fort Arbeia, South Shields, fired his imagination. These poems bring to life the poet’s ancient forebear Barates, a Syrian from Palmyra, and Regina, the Celtic slave he freed and married, from where they have lain at rest beside Hadrian’s Wall for eighteen centuries, and tells how Barates resisted slavery with love. Translated from the Arabic by Catherine Cobham.
Nouri Al-Jarrah will be appearing at the Lit & Phil Library on 30 November at the Celebration of 25 years of Banipal magazine and he will be reading from The Stone Serpent.
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