Gazan Writer Atef Abu Saif Wins London Residency


Acclaimed novelist Atef Abu Saif — who is shortlisted for this year’s International Prize for Arabic Fiction — has been selected as the winner of a new summer residency:

Atef Abu Saif 2The London-based “Arab Writer’s Residency Programme” is sponsored by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP) and the Delfina Foundation.

The Peninsula Qatar reported that there were “more than 150 applicants” for the eight-week residency, which is meant to “provide Abu Saif with the opportunity to research, write and engage with cultural practitioners and creative thinkers.”

Further, the newspaper said, “he will develop work, which will be considered for publication by BQFP in Arabic and English.”

Abu Saif is the author of five novels, including A Suspended Lifehis most recent, which was shortlisted for the 2015 IPAF. Unfortunately, Abu Saif was not able to attend the Casablanca Book Fair, where the IPAF shortlist was announced, as Hamas-affiliated security services stopped him from leaving the…

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