Rotten Evidence: Ahmed Naji’s Incarcerated Fiction

On July 25, 2019, ARC in collaboration with apexart hosted Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji, who was the 2016 winner of the PEN/Barbey Freedom To Write Award, for a lecture entitled “Rotten Evidence: Reading and Writing in Prison.” Naji was formerly sentenced to two years in prison when a literary magazine published a chapter of his novel. … Continue reading Rotten Evidence: Ahmed Naji’s Incarcerated Fiction

About Alaa: Prison isolates and so does your silence

Published first time at Mada: https://madamasr.com/en/2017/10/18/opinion/u/about-alaa-prison-isolates-and-so-does-your-silence/ Editor’s note: 25 days to #FreeAlaa is a campaign led by friends, family and supporters of political prisoner and activist Alaa Abd El Fattah, highlighting two outstanding cases against him: One, which was adjourned on October 19 to November 8, concerning the five-year sentence that Abd El Fattah has … Continue reading About Alaa: Prison isolates and so does your silence

Thank You PEN

I was honored to be a guest speaker at Pen America New Year New BOOKS party, celebrating with them our love for books and writing. And also remembering other writers who are jailed because of their writing. we live in the times where a dark ghost hovering over the world, spreading desperate making people losing … Continue reading Thank You PEN

Farewell to the youth

I first saw the beast in 2005, in downtown Cairo, in front of the Journalists Syndicate steps. Young men and women gathered and chanted “kifaya” (enough). The beast, dressed in military uniform, stormed out of police vehicles. It was also disguised in civilian attire, beating up protesters and dragging them along the ground. In the streets of downtown Cairo, security … Continue reading Farewell to the youth

A solidarity message From Salman Roshdi

Ahmad Salman Rushdie (AKA) Salman Rushdie one of my favorite writers, In the prison I was lucky to sneak 2 of his books ( Shame, Midnight’s Children) and read it there. It saved my mind, and helped to give me some lights in the dark days there.. Now, after I get out. I found that … Continue reading A solidarity message From Salman Roshdi