Middle East Centre public conversation
Date: Thursday 31 May 2012
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Ahdaf Soueif
Chair: Tarek Osman
An evening with Egyptian writer Ahdaf Soueif, in conversation with Tarek Osman on current events in Egypt, and reading from her body of works.
Ahdaf Soueif is the author of the bestselling The Map of Love (shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1999 and translated into 28 languages), as well as the well-loved In the Eye of the Sun and the collection of short stories, I Think of You. Ms Soueif is also a political and cultural commentator. She writes regularly for the Guardian in the UK and has a weekly column in al-Shorouk in Egypt. In 2007 Ms Soueif founded Engaged Events, a UK based charity. Its first project is the Palestine Festival of Literature which takes place in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Nablus, Jenin and al-Khalil/Hebron.
Tarek Osman is an Egyptian political economist and writer with 14-years of experience in strategy consulting and political and investment advisory. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed “Egypt on the Brink” (Yale University Press), the first edition of which was published two months prior to the eruption of Egypt’s 2011 revolution.
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