Alta’ir Durham-Jordan Exchange 2019 no

  Alta’ir is a partnership project between the Durham Book Festival/New Writing North (co-founder), the British Institute in Amman/Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) (co-founder), St Aidan’s College, Durham University (co-founder), and Dr Fadia Faqir (initiator and co-founder). The project aims to encourage dialogue with Jordan and the Arab world through literature. The… Read More Alta’ir Durham-Jordan Exchange 2019 no

Alta’ir: Durham-Jordan Creative Collaboration

Alta’ir means bird and is the Arabic name for the brightest star in the constellation of Aquila. The name is an abbreviation of the Arabic phrase النسر الطائر, al-nesr al-ṭā’ir: “the flying eagle”.  Alta’ir is a partnership project between Durham Book Festival (co-founder), the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) (co-founder), St Mary’s College, Durham University (co-founder),… Read More Alta’ir: Durham-Jordan Creative Collaboration

Introducing Libyan author Najwa Binshatwan

On 20 February 2018, Libyan woman writer, Banipal Visiting Writer Fellow 2018, Najwa Binshatwan, gave the annual lecture at St Aidan’s College. I had the honour of introducing her, The following is an extract from my introduction: “Najwa Binshatwan is a Libyan academic, novelist, and playwright. She was an assistant lecturer at the University of… Read More Introducing Libyan author Najwa Binshatwan

Reflections on my Experience as a Judge of a Literary Prize

I was delighted to accept Kuwaiti author Taleb al-Rifai’s invitation to join the judging panel of Al-Multaqa Short Story Competition 2016, sponsored by the American University in Kuwait and Al-Multaqa al-Thaqafi: Cultural Circle, found and managed by Dr al- Rifai. Prominent Moroccan author Ahmad Al-Madini was appointed as a chair of the panel. My colleagues… Read More Reflections on my Experience as a Judge of a Literary Prize

عدد الأعمال السطحيّة التي تنشر في العالم العربي مفجع

أسعدني أن أوافق على الانضمام إلى لجنة تحكيم جائزة الملتقى للقصة العربية القصيرة لعام 2016 التي تمولها الجامعة الأمريكية والملتقى الثقافي في الكويت. ولقد استمتعت بقراءة مئة وتسع وثمانين مجموعة قصصية ضمن المجموعات التي تم ترشيحها للجائزة وباكتشاف جزءٍ من الخارطة الأدبية للعالم العربي ويمكنني أن أقول بأنّه وللأسف فإنّ عدد الأعمال السطحيّة التي تنشر… Read More عدد الأعمال السطحيّة التي تنشر في العالم العربي مفجع