Ahdaf Soueif
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Ahdaf's latest book is her memoir of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, Cairo: A City Transformed.
She is the author of The Map of Lovewhich was shortlisted
for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1999.  
Ms Soueif is also a political and cultural commentator; she writes regularly for the Guardian in London.
Between 2011 and 2015 she had a weekly column for the Arabic-language national daily, al-Shorouk in Cairo.
A collection of her essays, Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground,
was published in 2004.
Her translation (from Arabic into English) of Mourid Barghouti's I Saw Ramallah
also came out in 2004.
She lives in London and Cairo.

Arriving in Gaza with PalFest 2012


2014 Cairo, A City Transformed, Bloomsbury, London and Knopf, New York
(A new edition of Cairo: My City, Our Revolution with additional material)


2012: Cairo: My City, Our Revolution (a personal account of the Egyptian Revolution) Bloomsbury: London
2011: Reflections on Islamic Art (Editor), Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing: Doha
2007: I Think of You, (stories from "Aisha" and "Sandpiper"), Bloomsbury: London
2004: Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground, (Essays), Bloomsbury: London
1999: The Map of Love, (a novel), Bloomsbury, London
1996: Zinat al-Hayh wa Qisas Ukhra, (short stories), Dar al-Hilal, Cairo
1996: Sandpiper, (short stories), Bloomsbury: London
1992: In the Eye of the Sun, (a novel), Bloomsbury: London
1983: Aisha, (short stories), Jonathan Cape: London (reissued by Bloomsbury in 2000)



Soueif writes in both English and Arabic and has written various essays and reviews published in: Akhbar al-Adab, al-Arabi, Cosmopolitan, Granta, al-Hilal, al-Katibah, The London Magazine, The London Review of Books, New Society, Nisf al-Dunya, The Observer, Sabah al-Kheir, The Sunday Telegraph, Times Literary Supplement, Washington Post and others..

She has made many programmes for Arab, American and British TV and Radio Stations.


2008, at the Shaikh Ebrahim
Bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa Centre, Bahrain



2000: I Saw Ramallah, a memoir by Mourid al-Barghouti, AUC Press, Cairo, Random House,
New York and Bloomsbury, UK.
1998: In Deepest Night, a play for al-Warsha Theatre Group perfomed at the Kennedy Centre,
Washington DC.



Founder and Chair: Engaged Events (UK) PalFest
Patron: Palestine Solidarity Campaign (UK)
Patron: The Caine Prize for African Literature (UK)
Trustee: the British Museum (UK)
Trustee: The International Prize for Arab Fiction (UK)
Board: The Edward W Said Annual Lecture (UK)
Board: The Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (Egypt)
Board: Mosireen Collective (Egypt)
Fellow: Royal Society of Literature (UK)
Member: Amnesty International (UK)
Member: Committee for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding (UK)
Member: Egyptian Writers' Union (EGYPT)
Member: Egyptian-British Society (UK)


2003, Soueif chairs the judges' of the
Orange Prize for Women's Fiction



Winner of Cavafy Award, 2011 (Ahram Online)
Winner of the first Mahmoud Darwish award, 2010.
Honorary DLitt (Exeter University) 2008.
Honorary DLitt (London Metropolitan University) 2004.
Honorary DLitt (Lancaster University) 2004
Lannan Foundation (USA) 2002.
Bogliasco Foundation (Italy) 2002.



PhD Linguistics, University of Lancaster, 1978
MA English Literature, The American University in Cairo, 1973
BA English Literature, Cairo University, 1971.

Educated at schools in Cairo and London

Booker Prize Nominees

1999, The nominees for the Booker Prize



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  The Irish Time:Jan 28th: A view from Tahrir's barricades      

Egypt Independent: Ahdaf Soueif: Reading Arabic into the English

  Haaretz: May 21, 2008: They are people, like us      
  The National: Sep 4th, 2012: As regimes arrest artists, their art explores Arab uprisings    
  San Francisco Chronicle: April 1st, 2007: Egyptian women weather loss of love in the West    
  Ahmede Hussain: February, 2007: An Interview with Ahdaf Soueif    
  Egypt Today, May 2006: Scheherazade Tells All. Manal el-Jesri talks to Ahdaf Soueif    
  Al Ahram Weekly, Apr 13, 2006: All strings attached. By Maggie Morgan      
  The Guardian, Jun 11, 2005: Mapping the divide. A profile of Ahdaf Soueif by Aida Edemariam    
  The Guardian, Apr 25, 2005: Michael March talks to author Ahdaf Soueif    
  Al Ahram Weekly, Nov 8, 2001: Different readings. A profile of Ahdaf Soueif by Pascale Ghazaleh    
  Al Ahram Weekly, Aug 12, 1999: Translating Egypt: A review by Hala Halim      
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