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    Panel talk with Karam Youssef, Stefan Weidner, Abbas Khider and Omaima Sobhi, 15.10.15, Frankfurt Book Fair, Weltempfang

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    Abbas Khider and Omaima Sobhi, 15.10.15, Frankfurt Book Fair, Weltempfang

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    Abbas Khider, 15.10.15, Frankfurt Book Fair, Weltempfang

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    Juergen Boos, Director Frankfurt Book Fair, 15.10.15, Frankfurt Book Fair, Weltempfang

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    Stefan Weidner, Abbas Khider and Omaima Sobhi, 15.10.15, Frankfurt Book Fair, Weltempfang

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    Workshop at Goethe-Institut Cairo, May 2015

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    Workshop at Goethe-Institut Cairo, May 2015

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    Workshop at Goethe-Institut Cairo, May 2015

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Cairo Short Stories 2015

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Cairo Short Stories 2015

Cairo Short Stories returns after last year’s overwhelming success: KfW Stiftung, Goethe-Institut Cairo and Litprom – the Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American Literature are continuing their literary project that supports up-and-coming local writers and helps them make international contacts. 
Award-winning author Abbas Khider will once again direct the writers’ workshop, giving talented new authors in Egypt an opportunity to write their own short stories and to discuss them with their peers. Following the announcement of the competition, 133 young Egyptians submitted samples of their work that were partly of exceptional literary merit. A jury composed of five eminent Egyptian literary pundits selected twelve participants for the workshops in April 2015 and is also responsible for picking the best story. 

Omaima Sobhi is the winner of the KfW Stiftung prize. She receives an invitation to Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2015 to showcase her story translated into German at Litprom's 'Weltempfang – Centre for Politics, Literature and Translation'. 

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

Events at Frankfurt Book Fair: 

Thursday, 15 October 2015, 4.30pm, Weltempfang (Hall 3.1 L 25) 

Award ceremony for the KfW Stiftung prize with the winner Omaima Sobhi 

Welcome 
Dr. Bernd Siegfried, Executive Director of KfW Stiftung 
Johannes Ebert, Secretary General of Goethe-Institut 
Juergen Boos, Director of Frankfurt Book Fair 

Reading and talk 
Stefan Weidner, Islamic studies scholar, translater, critic 
Omaima Sobhi, winner of the 2015 Cairo Short Stories prize 
Abbas Khider, author, director of the Cairo Short Stories writers' workshop 
Karam Youssef, editor, jury member of Cairo Short Stories 
Ingrid El Sigai, actress, reader of the German text 

Followed by reception 

Friday, 16 October 2015, 2.30pm, Weltempfang Salon (Hall 3.1 L 25) 

The next generation: Cairo Short Stories meets sexyunderground 

Talk in Arabic and German with participants in the Cairo Short Stories project and formerly in the Schreibzimmer workshop at Literaturhaus Frankfurt 
Amira El Ahl, journalist (moderator) 
Günther Orth (consecutive interpretation)

15 October 2015, 4:30pm 
Award ceremony for the KfW Stiftung prize with the winner Omaima Sobhi 
Frankfurt Book Fair, Weltempfang 
(Hall 3.1 L 25) 

16 October 2015, 2:30pm 
Cairo Short Stories meets sexyunderground 
Frankfurt Book Fair, Weltempfang Salon 
(Hall 3.1 L 25)