Kuwaiti-American writer Layla AlAmmar and Emirati writer Eman Al Yousuf read and discuss their fiction with Dr Lindsey Moore, Reader in English Literature at Lancaster University.
In the last decade, literature from the Arab world has bloomed in translation from Arabic (and other languages) as well as in English publication. The spotlight now falls on the Gulf, following the award of International Booker Prize 2019 to Omani writer Jokha Alharthi (with translator Marilyn Booth) for Celestial Bodies. Come and contemplate the Gulf’s literary riches and discuss with two of the region’s rising stars how and why Gulf women are leading new literary trends.
Layla AlAmmar is the author of two novels: The Pact We Made (Borough Press, 2019), reviewed in The Guardian, The New Arab, and Elle UK, while her second novel, Silence is a Sense (Borough Press/Algonquin) will be published in 2021. Her short stories have been published in The Evening Standard, Aesthetica Magazine, and Underground: Tales for London (Borough Press, 2018). In 2018 she was British Council International Writer in Residence at the Small Wonder Short Story Festival. Layla is currently writing a PhD on Arab women’s fiction at Lancaster University.
Eman Al Yousuf has published three short story collections and two novels: The Window Which Saw (2014) and Guard of the Sun (2015), which won the 2016 Emirates Novel Award. Her third novel The Resurrection of Others is forthcoming. She has published a book of literary interviews with female Emirati writers, Bread and Ink (2015) and writes the weekly newspaper column ‘Woman of the Pen’ and the monthly column ‘Under the Ink’ in the Emirates Culture Magazine. Her short story ‘The Teapot and I’ was made into a play and she wrote the first Emirati feminist short film, ‘Ghafa’, directed by Aisha Alzaabi. Eman is a chemical engineer and graphology coach and was the first Emirati ever to be chosen for the prestigious Fall Residency Program of International Writers at the University of Iowa. She is currently a writer in residence at Lancaster University in partnership with the British Council as part of the Sharjah Market Focus at The London Book Fair 2020.
Lindsey Moore is Reader in Postcolonial Literature at Lancaster University and has published extensively on Arab world literature. Her most recent book is Narrating Postcolonial Arab Nations (Routledge, 2017). She is currently co-writing Global Literature and the Arab World, also for Routledge, with her friend Nadia Atia.