studied Arabic and Persian at Manchester University and taught Arabic in Cairo and at Salford University, UK.

He has translated novels by Miral el-Tahawy (The Tent and Blue Aubergine), and Youssef al-Mohaimeed (Traps of Scent, excerpted first in Banipal, and later published in full by AUC Press, with a Penguin USA edition entitled Wolves of the Crescent Moon). Also Sonallah Ibrahim’s Zaat and Naguib Mahfouz’s early novel Rhapodis of Nubia, plus a collection of Nubian short stories, Vintage Nights of Musk [Layali Al Misk Al Ateeqa] by Haggag Hassan Addoul, as well as a number of Palestinian short stories published in a collection edited by Nur and Abdel Wahhab El Messiri. All were first published by AUC Press.

He recently translated the novel Munira's Bottle, also by Youssef al-Mohaimeed, published by Arabia Books.

He has translated extensively for Banipal magazine over the years, latterly an excerpt from the novel Taste Black . . . Smell Black by Yemeni author Ali al-Muqri.

Contributor's Issues

Banipal 34 - The World of Arab Fiction (2009)

Banipal 36 - Literature in Yemen Today (2009)