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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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    Workshop at Goethe-Institut Libanon, 2017

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    Workshop at Goethe-Institut Libanon, 2017

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    Workshop at Goethe-Institut Libanon, 2017

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    Workshop at Goethe-Institut Lebanon, 2018

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    Workshop at Goethe-Institut Libanon, 2018

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    Workshop at Goethe-Institut Libanon, 2018

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    Workshop Beirut Short Stories 2018, workshop leader Dima Wannous and participants

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    Workshop at Goethe-Institut Libanon, 2018

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    Workshop at Goethe-Institut Libanon, 2018

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    Workshop at Goethe-Institut Libanon, 2018

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Once again, “Beirut Short Stories” returned in 2018 to promote young writing talents in the Middle East. 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’ workshops were directed by the author Dima Wannous, who is based in London.

Shortlisted candidates:

Salma Alhafi („Maria“) (Syria)
Ahmad Naji („Shareh Semaan“) (Jemen, based in Beirut)
Wedyan Almasarani („Raqsa“) (Syria)

Jury:
Chaza Charafeddine (Author und Translator)
Hassan Daoud (Author)
Najwa Barakat (Author)
Mazen Maarouf (Author)

Beirut Short Stories is a project by KfW Stiftung in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Lebanon and Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation, London.

Following the great success of the Beirut Short Stories 2016, the project returns in 2017. The writers’ workshops are directed by the author and translator Dima Wannous, who is based in Beirut and Paris.

The three winning stories selected by a jury were published in Arabic and English in Commonwealth Writers' online magazine "adda":

Shortlisted candidates:
Batoul Fahs (Lebanon)
Marwa Melhem (Syria)
Mira Sidawi (Palestine)

Jury:
Najwa Barakat (Lebanon), writer and critic
Chaza Charafeddine (Lebanon), writer and artist
Hassan Daoud (Lebanon), writer and journalist
Rana Idriss (Lebanon), publisher
Mazen Maarouf (Palestine), writer, translator, critic
Günther Orth (Germany), translator and interpreter

Beirut Short Stories is a project by KfW Stiftung in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Lebanon and Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation, London.

 

Insight Nahost. Up-and-coming literature from the Middle East 

In a series of events, the Network of Literary Houses and the KfW Foundation present authors from various Arab countries together with selected talents from Beirut Short Stories 2017, a project to promote young writers in the Middle East.

Programme:

Literarisches Colloquium Berlin
7. May 2018 | 7.30pm

Literaturhaus Wiesbaden
8. May 2018 | 7.30pm

Literaturhaus Leipzig im Orientalischen Institut
14. May 2018 | 7pm

Literaturhaus Rostock
15. May 2018 | 8pm

Literaturhaus Zürich
16. May 2018 | 7.30pm

Literaturhaus Basel
17. May 2018 | 7pm
Mira Sidawi and Khaled Khalifa 
Moderation: Hartmut Fähndrich

Literaturhaus Stuttgart
22. May 2018 | 7.30pm

Literarisches Zentrum Göttingen
24. Mai 2018 | 8.00pm

Authors:

Batoul Fahs (Lebanon)
Khaled Khalifa (Syria)
Kenan Khadaj (Syria/Germany)
Mira Sidawi (Lebanon/Palestine)
Basma Abdel Aziz (Egypt)

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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 

The three winning stories selected by a jury were published in Arabic and English in Commonwealth Writers' online magazine "adda":

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.