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Bothayna Al-Essa (b. 1982) is a Kuwaiti author and founder of Takween, a platform for creative writing, a publishing house and a bookshop. She has a BA in Finance and Financial Institutions (2005) and an MA in Business Administration (2010), both from Kuwait University.
She has published eight novels: her first was Irtitam Lam Yusma’ Lahu Dawii (A Soundless Collision), published by Dar al-Mada, Damascus (2004) – an excerpt was published in Banipal 47 – Fiction from Kuwait (2013), pages 25-43. Her latest is Kul al-Ashya’ (Everything), published by Arab Scientific Publishers in 2017. She also has two children’s books and has contributed to the translation of specialized books on writing, creative writing, and translation.
She won Kuwait’s State Appreciation and Encouragement Award twice, in 2005 for her novel Su’ar (Frenzy) and in 2013 for Kaburtu Wa Nasetu An Ansa (All That I Want to Forget), reviewed in Banipal 65 (Summer 2019), from page 208. Her novel Aicha Tanzil Ila al-Alam al-Sufli (Aisha descends to the Underworld) was longlisted for the 2012 Sheikh Zayed Book Award.