Samah Sabawi

Samah Sabawi is an Australian Canadian poet, playwright and essayist, originally from Palestine, now residing in Australia. She has travelled the world and lived in its far corners, yet always felt trapped in her place of birth, Gaza. The war torn besieged and isolated strip shapes her understanding of her identity and her humanity.

Sabawi has written and produced the plays ‘Cries From the Land’ (2003) and ‘Three Wishes’ (2008) both staged successfully in Canada. Her third play ‘Tales of a City by the Sea’ enjoyed a sold-out world premiere run last year at Melbourne’s La Mama Theatre, and will be staged in three Australian cities in 2016. The play was selected for the Victorian Certificate of Education drama and theatre studies’ 2016 playlist and will be published by Currency Press.

Samah Sabawi is co-editor of ‘Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas’ for the Playwrights Canada Press. She is also co-author of ‘I Remember My Name’, an anthology of poems by three poets from Gaza, ‘Palestine’ (Samah Sabawi, Ramzy Baroud and Jehan Bseisou) edited by Vacy Vlazna and published by Novum Publishing.

Sabawi has received an Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake a PhD by Creative Project at Victoria University commencing 2016.