‘Failure to bag a PhD led me to creative writing’


An unfulfilled desire can lead to another track in your life. The Sudanese / Egyptian writer Leila Aboulela. She studied abroad and wanted to move on to a Ph.D. in Statistics, her Masters was a first step. But she ended up with less figures and more words. Her life as a writer started. In this … Continue reading ‘Failure to bag a PhD led me to creative writing’

Leila Aboulela


The writer Leila Aboulela is an intercultural writer. She was raised in an Egyptian / Sudanese family, while living in Khartoum and spending holidays in Egypt. In later years she moved to Scotland where her husband had a job in the oil industry. In this interview she tells about her life and career.   

Mansoura Ez-Eldin: ‘The Limbo of Sounds’


The relationship between the African continent and the country China is growing and deepening. Image one continent needs to be helped and funded and at times exploited by one country. Colonial days, but in a different dress.  China does not like to be criticized. How does that influence its presence in Africa and the way … Continue reading Mansoura Ez-Eldin: ‘The Limbo of Sounds’

Nawal el Saadawi: ‘Hillary Clinton and Theresa May are more patriarchal than men’


The Egyptian writer Nawal el Saadawi still has a strong voice. A woman with a careful hand of writing and a thoughtful way of speaking her mind. The written word and the spoken word combined in her language. In this interview she talks about feminism and about life. 

An interview with Youssef Rakha


His novel The Book of the Sultan’s Seal got much attention and a wide readership. His book was published just before the downfall of the president of Egypt Hosni Mubarak. In this interview Youssef Rakha tells about this book and his other activities, for he cannot be locked into the literary world. 

Cairo International Book Fair


Later this month people will flock to the Egyptian capital Cairo. In this metropole an Internal Book Fair will be held. An event like this many people will gather to be present, to speech, to negotiate, to browse, to linger, to be surprised. May many people go and enjoy themselves. Some more information on this … Continue reading Cairo International Book Fair