Thomas Aplin was born in England in 1979. He has a first class degree in BA Arabic from the University of Exeter and an MSc in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies from Edinburgh, where he is currently pursuing a PhD on the Saudi novel.
His interest in contemporary Arabic fiction was kindled by the late Abdelrahman Munif’s al-Nihayat, which he read as an undergraduate during a year spent studying in Damascus. Since 2007 he has regularly contributed to Banipal with translations of various short stories and novel excerpts. He has also worked as a consultant researcher on a number of high profile cultural projects in the Arabian Gulf.
Banipal No 31 Spring 2008
Banipal No 34 The World of Arab Fiction
Banipal No 40 – Libyan Fiction
Banipal No 46 – 80 New Poems
Banipal No 36 Literature in Yemen Today
Banipal No 41 Celebrating Adonis
Banipal No 42 New Writing from the Emirates
Egyptian 'poet of the people' Ahmed Fouad Negm has died aged 84[read more]
12 November: Banipal 48 – Narrating Marrakech is launched in London's Kensington Central Library[read more]
Meet Ramsey Nasr on 5th November at the Dutch Centre[read more]
Short Stories from the Arab World[read more]
The Saison Poetry Library 60th birthday Celebration on 29th October[read more]
Selected poems from Banipal issues for National Poetry Day[read more]
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