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St Aidan's College

 St Aidan's College

As you may be aware, the Post Offer Visit Days due to be held this month have been cancelled due to Covid-19. For more information on the University's response please see this link.

The University is setting up a Virtual Open Day that we hope to have available shortly. The above images will be built upon in the coming days to provide more of a picture of the College.

Welcome to St Aidan's College

Welcome to St Aidan’s, the ‘Rainbow College’. Join our community to engage with the world. From the creative arts to community engagement projects, peer mentoring and Pathways to Enterprise, our energy, enthusiasm and warmth encourage everyone to flourish.   

A modern College, we evolve as we explore new possibilities with our local and international partners. You can develop your talents, or discover new ones, in a caring and supportive environment. Our creative writing course is unique, our intercultural and interfaith exchanges are thriving, and our College spaces can host anything from meditation groups to ‘Live Lounge’ and ‘Open mic’ evenings. With the emphasis on participation, we have a great tradition of both informal and committed activity: from mixed frisbee to women’s rugby; yoga and meditation to tango, salsa and classical Indian dance.

We are proud co-founders and hosts of Durham Pride and Durham City of Sanctuary, and of two research centres with community impact and growing global relationships at their heart. Through celebrations like Chinese New Year and international film nights, our Banipal Middle Eastern Writer in Residence Fellowship and JSoc’s Shabbat celebrations, we work towards active citizenship to challenge a fractured world.

Situated at the top of Windmill Hill, if you take a moment of calm near our haunting sculpture by Fenwick Lawson, the view of Durham Cathedral and the dramatic landscape of the city will always inspire you. In the same way, our modernity embraces sensitivity and respect for the other living histories and struggles of this complex region, where natural beauty and industrial resilience coexist. 

College Events

Banipal Visiting Writer Fellow Lecture: Writing the Homeland from Exile

5th March 2020, 17:00 to 19:15, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Hammour Ziada, Banipal Visiting Writer Fellow 2020

Sudanese author Hammour Ziada is the Banipal Visiting Writer Fellow 2020.

Hammour Ziada is award-winning Sudanese author and journalist, who was born in Khartoum in 1977. He worked for charitable and civil society organisations, and was a journalist for Sudanese newspapers, including Al-Mustaqilla, Ajras al-Horriya, and Al-Jarida. He was Chief Editor of the cultural section of the Sudanese Al-Akhbar. He is the author of several works of fiction: A Life Story from Omdurman (short stories, 2008), Al-Kunj (a novel, 2010 and 2015), Sleeping at the Foot of the Mountain (short stories, 2014). His second novel, The Longing of the Dervish (2014), won the 2014 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature and was shortlisted for the 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) Aka Arabic Booker. It is excerpted in Banipal 52 – New Fiction with the agreement of IPAF, and was published in English translation by Jonathan Wright with Hoopoe Fiction in 2016 as part of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal award. Hammour Ziada’s latest novel is Al-Gharaq (The Drowning) (2018), published by Dar al-Ain, Cairo, Egypt. Sudanese film director Amjad Abu Alala was inspired by Hammour Ziada’s short story Sleeping at the Foot of the Mountain (the title story of his short story collection) to adapt it to film. The film –You Will Die at 20 – was screened in September 2019 at the 76th Venice International Film Festival and received the Lion of the Future (Luigi de Laurentiis) Award for Best Debut Feature.

The Banipal Visiting Writer Fellowship is based on the three cornerstones that form the core of Banipal magazine: that Arab literature is an essential part of world culture and human civilisation; that dialogue between different cultures needs to be continually deepened; and that the joy and enlightenment to be gained from reading beautiful poetry and imaginative writing is an integral part of human existence.

Copies of Hammour's second novel, The Longing of the Dervish (2014) can be found in the fiction section of the College Library.

Contact for more information about this event.

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