Love and knowledge of poetry is embedded in Palestinian society. A growing number of novel and prose writers has joined the pantheon. Obviously there is an annual festival to celebrate this and to invite in other writers from home and abroad. Who knew? The only media coverage was attached to the speech of the asxetic JM Coetzee, who likened control over Palestinians to apartheid in his native South Afria. But with better English language PR perhaps Palestinians would get, for one week at least, the attention and respect they deserve.