Creating a Mosaic of Literature

This year’s Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation Lecture is given by the well-known Palestinian novelist, short story writer and film director, Liana Badr.

In her talk, Liana Badr describes how she grew up in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Jerusalem, where welcoming strangers and visitors of whatever nationality or religion was an established tradition. Liana Badr was born in 1950 in Jerusalem. She lived between Jericho and Jerusalem. Exiled from Jericho in 1967, she has lived in Amman, Beirut, Damascus and Tunis, and since 1994 in Ramallah. Her first novel, A Compass for the Sunflower, was published in 1979. She has since produced three more novels, the latest in 2016, The White Tent, plus short story collections, novellas, poetry, essays, non-fiction works and 12 children’s books.