“Maybe they are marginalized, so they have more opportunity to think, to write.”
International Women’s Day
Authors Etaf Rum and Layla AlAmmar, and woman’s rights activist Edna Adan Ismail, discuss their books, their favourite female artists and the women that inspire them.
Your gift for International Women’s Day is eight great short stories by Arab women, in translation, available free online.
“Poetry always springs from the darkest areas in our subconscious, which lives on the anticipation of loss. Loss is what makes up the chemistry of poetry.”
I should have a piece in Al Masry Al Youm today that looks at different strands of Egyptian feminism (and alternatives to feminism) through the lens of women’s memoirs and novels.