Abdo Khal (sometimes Abduh or Abdu) was born in 1962 in Saudi Arabia. He has a degree in Political Science from King Abdel Aziz University, Jeddah. He started writing short stories in 1980, spurred on by unrequited love and his first published one was broadcast on radio as a sample of the new Saudi literature. He dabbled in poetry for a couple of years, but returned to storywriting. Since then publishing five short story collections, four novels and 46 short tales for children. He is completing a novel entitled Al-Hindawiya, the name of the area in which he grew up.

In addition to his writing, he is a member of the board of directors of the Jeddah Literary Club and the editor-in-chief of the Ukaz newspaper, for which he writes a daily column.

As a result of winning the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2010, his winning novel Spewing Sparks as Big as Castles was published in English as Throwing Sparks, translated by Maia Tabet and Michael K. Scott and published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing in 2012.

To read a review of Throwing Sparks in Banipal 47 – Fiction in Kuwait, click here


Contributor's Issues

Banipal 20 - Summer 2004

Banipal 34 - The World of Arab Fiction (2009)