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New Frontiers for Arabic Literature & Translation

December 16, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This special event taking place as part of the Dubai Expo is for literary translators, publishers, writers and other professionals involved in Arabic literature and translation.

Expert speakers from the UK and the UAE will explore and analyse the contemporary translation scene from a range of international and professional perspectives. Publishers and literature professionals involved in translation from Arabic into English and English into Arabic will offer insight into the opportunities and challenges they face in platforming new work and reaching their readerships.

We will examine the opportunities for Arabic literature in translation in the publishing marketplace, consider the challenges faced by practitioners when seeking outlets for their work, and examine how developmental models can both support translators in their creative practice and open up professional networks. The speakers will reflect on recent changes in how Arabic literature is received, celebrated and platformed, and consider where current trends may lead us in the years to come.

The panel is divided into two parts: The Business of Translation and Nurturing a Developmental Landscape.

Part 1: The Business of Translation

Moderated by Sawad Hussain (in-person)


Ahmed Al Ali, Managing Editor, Kalimat

Juliet Mabey, Publisher, Oneworld Publications (remote)

Mayada Ibrahim, Translator (remote)


Part 2: Nurturing a Developmental Landscape

Moderated by Sawad Hussain (in-person)


Ahlam Balooki, Director, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (in-person)

Najwa Bin Shatwan, Writer (in person)

Katharine Halls, Translator (remote)

Will Mackie, Senior Programme Manager, New Writing North (remote speaker)

Read more about the speakers here.


This event will be of interest to students, translators, academics, curators, cultural policy makers, and anyone with an interest in the business of how literature travels from one language to another.

This event has been curated by New Writing North, a UK-based literature development agency, working with the British Council. The event is funded by the British Council.


New Writing North