Beirut Short Stories 2016
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.
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.
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.
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