Thu 13 February 2014
7.00 pm
The Gallery, Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road

Arabic Literature in English:
An evening with the prizewinning translators and their novels

Celebrating the joint prizewinners of
the 2013 Saif Ghobash Prize for Arabic Literary Translation,
Jonathan Wright and William M. Hutchins

Foyles Bookshop on Charing Cross Road

Introduced by Paul Starkey

With readings from the novels and a drinks reception


The Gallery, Foyles Bookshop
113-119 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0EB

Enjoy the best of contemporary Arabic fiction with the joint winners of the 2013 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation. The winners will be in conversation with fellow literary translator Paul Starkey, and reading from their winning novels – Azazeel, translated by Jonathan Wright, in which readers are plunged into an enthralling tale set in 5th-century Egypt and Syria by Egyptian author Youssef Ziedan, and A Land Without Jasmine, translated by William Maynard Hutchins, a gripping page-turner from young Yemeni author Wajdi Al-Ahdal.

Copies of these winning novels will be available for purchase.

This is a free event, but please do reserve your place by emailing

Doors open 6.30pm.

Hosted by Foyle's and the Banipal Trust for Arab Literature

Click here for details of this event on the Foyles website.