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    Abbas Khider, author and project manager

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    Workshop at Goethe-Institut, March 2014

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    Abbas Khider, workshop at Goethe-Institut, March 2014

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    Workshop at Goethe-Institut, March 2014

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    Workshop at Goethe-Institut, March 2014

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    Abbas Khider, workshop at Goethe-Institut, March 2014

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    Workshop at Goethe-Institut, March 2014

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    Workshop at Goethe-Institut, March 2014

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Cairo Short Stories 2014

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Cairo Short Stories is a literary project developed by KfW Stiftung and carried out in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Cairo and Litprom – the Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American Literature. It supports up-and-coming local writers in making international contacts and is intended to inspire dialogue with the Arab world. Talented new authors in Egypt were given an opportunity to create short stories at writers' workshops and to discuss them with their peers. Under the supervision of award-winning author Abbas Khider, eleven writers spent several days in three workshops at Goethe-Institut Cairo to draft their stories. The six women and five men from different parts of Egypt had previously been selected from among more than 118 entries by an expert jury of Arabic speakers, which was also responsible for choosing the three best stories. The KfW Stiftung prize was awarded to 24-year-old Arig Mohamed from Cairo. She is invited to the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014, where she will present her story translated into German at Litprom's "Weltempfang – Centre for Politics, Literature and Translation". The runners-up, Asmaa Elshikh (26, Alexandria) and Nahla Fahmy (24, Cairo), will likewise receive an invitation to Frankfurt's Book Fair and have their stories translated into German. 

Jury: Ghada Abdelaal (author), Shereen Abou El-Naga (literary scholar), Mohamed El Baaly (publisher), Mansoura Ez Eldin (author), Dr. Stephan Milich (reader in Arabic studies and translator), Karam Youssef (publisher), Jury chair: Abbas Khider (author) 

Events at Frankfurt Book Fair: 

Thursday, 9 October 2014 , 4.30pm, Weltempfang (Hall 5.0 E 81): 

Award ceremony for the KfW Stiftung prize with the winner Arig Mohamed, Dr. Ulrich Schröder, Board of KfW Stiftung (welcome address) Prof. Dr. h. c. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of Goethe-Institut (welcome address) 
Dr. Stephan Milich, reader in Islamic studies (tribute to prize winner) 

Reading and talk with 
Iris Radisch, DIE ZEIT, arts editor-in-chief (moderator) 
Arig Mohamed, winner of the 2014 Cairo Short Stories prize 
Abbas Khider, author and director of the Cairo Short Stories writers' workshop 
Dr. Stephan Milich, reader in Islamic studies and jury member of Cairo Short Stories 
Maria Dragus, actress and reader of the German text 

Followed by reception 

Friday, 10 October 2014 , 2.30–3.30pm, Weltempfang (Salon, Hall 5.0 E 81): 

The next generation: Cairo Short Stories meets sexyunderground 

Talk in Arabic and German, consecutive interpretation by Günther Orth, with Matthias Göritz, workshop director and poet (moderator) Arig Mohamed, Asmaa Elshikh and Nahla Fahmy, participants in the Cairo Short Stories project and formerly in the Schreibzimmer workshop at Literaturhaus Frankfurt