Coming in Cairo: Five Books, Five Emerging Authors

[Arab] writers may have lost interest in it because they focus on only one aspect, which is the informative aspect, and become discouraged because the world has become “a small village,” as the trite saying goes. The five books that will be available on Sunday are primarily debut works: Tales from the Alley of the Jews,   by   Ahmed Saad;   A Dear Step, by Amira Alnoshokaty; my own   Chitchat Over the Thames;   The Woman   Who Saved Me, by Ghada Salah, and finally A Videotape of the Nineties, by Youmna Khattab. What about plays? They are less prestigious. The event asks   an important question: Does a writer really need a writing workshop? as writing workshops, led by different writers at different stages in their careers, have been booming all across Cairo. You risk not being read or sold. Literature lovers tend to prefer the novel now. Much less wanted. Oh! The question seems timely. What else could be said about a place like London that has not been said before? What about short-story collections? In a sense it is, but you can see that small village from a thousand angles and tell a thousand different stories about it. I tried and I could not. One more reason, I think, is the market. It will be   an evening of readings and signings for five emerging writers from Seshat Creative Writing Workshop, moderated by novelist Sahar Elmougy and hosted by Doum. Travel literature is such a great genre in that gives the writer endless freedom to use other forms of writing. I was advised by Sahar Elmougy to work on the fictional parts of the book and make an effort to turn the book into a novel.  


Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditGoogleTumblrPinterestPocketLike this:Like Loading…‹ The Meanings of a Quadrilingual ‘Glass Menagerie’ in EgyptCategories: Egypt Travel literature? It looks like a novel to me as it is. They are less popular; people want to watch them. And you know what? Seshat Workshop launched in 2012 and has since expanded into a number of different cultural activities, from   storytelling to writing marathons to   book signings. Sahar Elmougy, Mohamed Abdelnabi, Bahaa Abdulmaguid, Yasser Abdullateef, and others are just a few who have led workshops, which often   continue online   after   the core workshops are finished. Five emerging novelists will present their works — that came out of a writing workshop with novelist Sahar Elmougy — on Sunday   in Cairo:
By Mona Elnamoury
If you happen to be in Cairo, try to attend the next cultural event hosted by the   Doum Cultural Foundation on this coming Sunday, the 30th   of April. Also, an excerpt from a forthcoming Q&A with Elnamoury, about her book Chitchat Over the Thames,   a clear echo of   the title of Naguib Mahfouz’s   Chitchat on the Nile:
The five emerging authors, Elnamoury top right. It is informative, sarcastic, funny, autobiographical, and still very much fictional. What about poetry?