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    Orwa al Mokdad (right), Workshop, Goethe-Institut Lebanon, Beirut 2016

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    Rola el Hussein (middle), Workshop, Goethe-Institut Lebanon, Beirut 2016

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    Ayham Kazoun, Workshop, Goethe-Institut Lebanon, Beirut 2016

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    Frankfurt Bookfair, Weltempfang 21 October 2016, Larissa Bender, Hussain Al-Mozany, Rola el Hussein, Ayham Kazoun and Stephan Milich

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Beirut Short Stories 2016

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Following the great success of the first two “Cairo Short Stories” writers’ workshops in 2014 and 2015, another writers’ workshop “Beirut Short Stories” was held in Beirut in March 2016. The aim was to support local up-and-coming writers, i.e. talented young authors living in Lebanon and writing in Arabic, and to help them make international contacts. 

The writers’ workshop was designed to assist the participants in writing a short story (under the direction of the author, journalist and translator Hussain Al-Mozany). An expert jury selected the three best stories from the texts created during the workshop. 

The shortlisted candidates presented their stories at the “Weltempfang” event at Frankfurt’s Book Fair and gave readings in Frankfurt and other parts of Germany. The three short stories are translated from Arabic into English and published in close cooperation with the Commonwealth Foundation, London, in the online magazine adda in a bilingual format. The translation and publication in German is made possible thanks to the cooperation with Litprom – Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Literatur aus Afrika, Asien und Lateinamerika, Frankfurt/Main. 

Beirut Jury: 
Najwa Barakat (Lebanon), writer and critic 
Ibrahim Sader (Lebanon), publisher 
Iskandar Habache (Lebanon), writer and journalist 
Dima Wanous (Syria), writer and translator 
Mazen Maarouf (Palestine), writer, translator and critic 
Stephan Milich (Germany), literary scholar and translator 

Shortlisted candidates and stories: 
Orwa al Mokdad (Syria), “Madame Suzanne” 
Rola el Hussein (Libanon), “The Dress” 
Ayham Kazoun (Libanon), “The Capital” 

Beirut Short Stories is a project by KfW Stiftung in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Lebanon, Litprom – Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Literatur aus Afrika, Asien und Lateinamerika e.V., Frankfurt/Main and the Commonwealth Foundation, London 

Beirut Short Stories at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016: 

21 October, 10:30 to 11:30 am, Weltempfang, Frankfurt Book Fair, hall 3.1, L25 
Introduction and discussion with the finalists Orwa al Mokdad, Rola el Hussein and Ayham Kazoun, chaired by: Larissa Bender, translator.
Arabic/English/German 

23 October, 7:00 pm, reading at Die Fabrik, Frankfurt/Main with Orwa al Mokdad, Rola el Hussein and Ayham Kazoun, in collaboration with Salon Ost-West-Passagen, chaired by: Larissa Bender, reader in German: Jochen Nix.
Arabic/German 
Die Fabrik, Kulturwerk Frankfurt, Mittlerer Hasenpfad 1-5, 60598 Frankfurt/Main 

For information on other readings please visit Litprom’s website.

Beirut Short Stories at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2016 
21 October, 10:30 to 11:30 am, Weltempfang,
Frankfurt Book Fair, hall 3.1, L25 

23 October, 7:00 pm,
reading at Die Fabrik, Frankfurt/Main
with Orwa al Mokdad, Rola el Hussein and Ayham Kazoun