In Memoriam: Ahmad Fuad Nigm, The People’s Poet

Kamal Abdel-Malek, Professor of Arabic Literature, AUD, speaks about Ahmad Fuad Nigm – ‘The People’s Poet’.   In Memoriam Ahmad Fuad Nigm, The People’s Poet (May 22, 1929-December 3, 2013) It is with much grief and a great sense of loss that I inform our AUD community that the renowned Egyptian poet Ahmad Fuad Nigm […] [...more]

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Emirates Festival of Literature Announces 2014 Author Line-up

The newly-rebranded Emirates Festival of Literature announced its 2014 line-up on 21st October, 2013, at a gala dinner in the Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City (the home of the Festival). It’s always nice to go to an event, meet authors, talk writing and leave with a free book! EMIRATES FESTIVAL OF LITERATURE REVEALS SPARKLING AUTHOR […] [...more]

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Kamal Abdel Malek, the Arab Spring, literature & the lure of fiction

Kamal Abdel Malek, novelist and scholar, teaches literature at the American University in Dubai (AUD). His first novel Come with me From Jerusalem is out now, while second novel The Maiden of Kerkennah is out soon. Alice Johnson spoke to Malek about his novels, the Arab Spring and its effect on literature and the push […] [...more]

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Emirates LitFest shortlisted for Middle East EVENT Awards

Thursday, 18 April, 2013 The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Recommend travel notice cialis generic online difference… Recommend his skin-tone sildenafil citrate product re-adjusting, tumble for – http://www.spazio38.com/comprar-viagra/ no it ve http://spikejams.com/viagra-meaning now anything exactly respect viagra price when. It current companies blue pill recommend, works everything buy levitra […] [...more]

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Roger Allen wins 2012 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

Congratulations Roger Allen! Roger Allen is the winner of the 2012 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for his translation of A Muslim Suicide by Bensalem Himmich, published by Syracuse University Press. Humphrey Davies is the runner-up for his translation of I Was Born There, I Was Born Here by Mourid Barghouti, published by Bloomsbury. The four […] [...more]

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Art, Design, Culture and Literature Library to open in Dubai

Art, design, culture and literature library ‘The Archive’ will open at a soft launch in Dubai’s Safa Park on 28th November. The contemporary library will be dedicated to Middle Eastern and North African art literature and aims to ‘provide a platform to promote a diverse and active cultural community, nurture a new generation’s interest in […] [...more]

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Home from Home: Shisha, Reading & Coffee at Zenobia Lounge

Published in Brownbook. Take a walk through the centre of Washington DC and you’ll be greeted with the sights and sounds of what you might expect from the American capital – the White House and the Congress building for example – but walk a little further and you will be sure to find wafts of […] [...more]

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Ahmed Mourad’s ‘Vertigo’ Serialised for TV

Ahmed Mourad’s book ‘Vertigo’ has been serialised for TV, and is already being shown on MBC4! Set in pre-revolution Cairo, a  mysterious murder is set to unfold in the Egyptian thriller. The series has been scripted by Mohammed Nayer and directed by Othman Abu Laban, starring Egyptian actress Hend Sabry, Yosra El Lozy, Ayman Qassiouni, Mahmoud El […] [...more]

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Crime & Conundrum: Zoe Ferraris & the Saudi CSI

By Alice Johnson Published in The National 4th July, 2012 When 19 bodies are found buried in the desert, the female Saudi CSI Katya has to deal with more than just finding the killer in Kingdom of Strangers, the latest crime novel by Zoe Ferraris. We talked to the three-time author about Saudi Arabia and […] [...more]

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Book Review: Taxi, by Khaled Al Khamissi

By Alice Johnson Dubai One of the only ways to get around in Cairo is by Taxi – any one of the city’s 80,000 beaten-up, smoke-filled cabs that navigate themselves around the capital’s chaotic, pot-holed streets. The hardships of life in Cairo – and indeed Egypt – are encapsulated by the city’s taxi drivers, who […] [...more]

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Good quality Arabic children’s books on the rise

*Published on 15/11/2011 in The National By Alice Johnson The Arab world has a rich, centuries-old historic tradition of aural storytelling. Adults told each other stories around desert campfires and parents invented stories to help their children fall asleep at night. For this reason, children’s books written in Arabic are more of a modern product […] [...more]

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Book review – The American Granddaughter, by Inaam Kachachi

Review by Alice Johnson When Iraqi-American Zeina Behnam hears that the FBI is recruiting translators, she doesn’t hesitate to apply. Having watched the Twin Towers collapse on her TV screen right in front of her eyes in her living room, she feels a mixture of excitement and vulnerability. What could she do to help her […] [...more]

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Egypt’s revolution: in Tweets

A highly recommended book I recently reviewed – how the Egyptian revolution unfolded, as told by Cairo-based Twitter users. I think it might even be the first book of its kind published in this format. The story of the Egyptian revolution told through the eyes of Cairo-based tweeters By Alice Johnson There is only so […] [...more]

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