Mayada Ibrahim

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London, UK

Editor of prize-winning literary fiction and nonfiction, specialising in translation.

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Overview

Before working independently, I was an editor for Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP), a joint venture between Bloomsbury Publishing and Qatar Foundation. We were committed to publishing from the outside and the inside of established communities of writing, and putting translated literature at the heart of contemporary English literary culture.

I worked with established and emerging writers editing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s literature.

Among authors I worked with are Mai Al-Nakib, whose book of short stories, The Hidden Light of Objects, won the Edinburgh International Book Festival's First Book Award. Several other books have been prize finalists, including Atef Abu Saif’s A Suspended Life, which was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF). I also worked with Kuwaiti author Saud Alsanousi on his English debut, The Bamboo Stalk, which addressed xenophobia in the Gulf and garnered international coverage in The New Yorker, The Independent and The Guardian.

Today I collaborate with authors and independent publishers. I aim to nurture emerging writers by helping them improve their craft, and I prioritise sustained support for authors, especially first-time authors.

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Art
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Literature
Short Story
Women's Fiction

Work experience

Editor

Self-employed
November, 2015 – Present (about 3 years)

Editor

Bloomsbury Publishing Qatar Foundation (BQFP)
January, 2014 – November, 2015 (almost 2 years)

Translator (Arabic-English)

Self-employed
March, 2010 – Present (almost 9 years)

Portfolio (21 selected works)

Bitter Almonds

Lilas Taha

‘A LOVE STORY AND AN ENTHRALLING MIX OF HISTORY AND PALESTINIAN CULTURE… RIVETING’ - The Lady 'A BEAUTIFUL AND MOVING TRIBUTE TO THE ENDURING POWER OF LOVE' - Ann Weisgarber, The Personal History of Rachel Dupree He is orphaned at birth, born into displacement and chaos. He has only one thing to hold on to: a love beyond his reach that propels him forward. She is young and idealistic, and trie... read more

‘A LOVE STORY AND AN ENTHRALLING MIX OF HISTORY AND PALESTINIAN CULTURE… RIVETING’ - The Lady 'A BEAUTIFUL AND MOVING TRIBUTE TO THE ENDURING POWER OF LOVE' - Ann Weisgarber, The Personal History of Rachel Dupree He is orphaned at birth, born into displacement and chaos. He has only one thing to hold on to: a love beyond his reach that propels him forward. She is young and idealistic, and trie... read more

Beirut, Beirut

Sonallah Ibrahim

Based on the author’s real-life experience of the civil war in Lebanon, Beirut, Beirut is an exploration of how, even in the midst of chaos and violence, universals such as love, desire and yearning are still always our guiding forces.

Based on the author’s real-life experience of the civil war in Lebanon, Beirut, Beirut is an exploration of how, even in the midst of chaos and violence, universals such as love, desire and yearning are still always our guiding forces.

The Bamboo Stalk

Saud Alsanousi

Josephine Mendoza escapes poverty by coming to Kuwait from the Philippines to work as a maid, where she meets Rashid, an idealistic only son with literary aspirations. Josephine, with all the wide-eyed naivety of youth, believes she has found true love. But when she becomes pregnant, and with the rumble of war growing ever louder, Rashid bows to family and social pressure, and sends her back h... read more

Josephine Mendoza escapes poverty by coming to Kuwait from the Philippines to work as a maid, where she meets Rashid, an idealistic only son with literary aspirations. Josephine, with all the wide-eyed naivety of youth, believes she has found true love. But when she becomes pregnant, and with the rumble of war growing ever louder, Rashid bows to family and social pressure, and sends her back h... read more

Al-Shira’ Al-Moqaddas (The Holy Sail) (Arabic Edition)

Abdulaziz Al-Mahmoud

Oblivious to the invasions, massacres, and religious fanaticism that characterize the fifteenth century, a young girl falls in love with a noble Arabian tribal leader. But all eyes are on the Portuguese fleets in the Arabian Gulf, intent on securing the profitable spice trade. Abdulaziz Al-Mahmoud weaves a tapestry of momentous historical events with stories of love, honor, and nobility, while... read more

Oblivious to the invasions, massacres, and religious fanaticism that characterize the fifteenth century, a young girl falls in love with a noble Arabian tribal leader. But all eyes are on the Portuguese fleets in the Arabian Gulf, intent on securing the profitable spice trade. Abdulaziz Al-Mahmoud weaves a tapestry of momentous historical events with stories of love, honor, and nobility, while... read more

Arwah’ Kilimanjaro (Arabic Edition)

Ibrahim Nasrallah

A group of disparate individuals find themselves together, each on a personal mission to summit Kilimanjaro. Hailing from Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and America, the characters test the limits of their physical and emotional strength to prove to themselves and others that they can transcend their strife-ridden histories and start a new, unburdened life. Arwah' Kilimanjaro (Kilimanjaro Spirits) ... read more

A group of disparate individuals find themselves together, each on a personal mission to summit Kilimanjaro. Hailing from Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and America, the characters test the limits of their physical and emotional strength to prove to themselves and others that they can transcend their strife-ridden histories and start a new, unburdened life. Arwah' Kilimanjaro (Kilimanjaro Spirits) ... read more

Wonder (Arabic Edition)

R. J. Palacio

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school-until now. He's about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school-until now. He's about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

Mah and Me (Arabic Edition)

Ibtihaj Al Harthi

Azzan introduces us to his grandmother, who he loves, very much. He loves visiting her, listening to her tell him stories, and he big hugs. But one day Azzan has to say goodbye to his grandmother...will he be able to understand where she has gone and what it means to lose her?

Azzan introduces us to his grandmother, who he loves, very much. He loves visiting her, listening to her tell him stories, and he big hugs. But one day Azzan has to say goodbye to his grandmother...will he be able to understand where she has gone and what it means to lose her?

Telepathy

Amir Tag Elsir

A Sudanese writer begins to suspect that one of his most idiosyncratic characters from a recent novel resembles--in an uncanny, terrifying way--a real person he has never met. Since he condemned this character to an untimely death in the novel, should he attempt to save this real man from a similar fate?Set in both sides of Khartoum--the bustling capital city and the neglected, poverty-stricke... read more

A Sudanese writer begins to suspect that one of his most idiosyncratic characters from a recent novel resembles--in an uncanny, terrifying way--a real person he has never met. Since he condemned this character to an untimely death in the novel, should he attempt to save this real man from a similar fate?Set in both sides of Khartoum--the bustling capital city and the neglected, poverty-stricke... read more

The Girl Who Fell To Earth (Arabic Edition)

Sophia Al-Maria

When Sophia Al-Maria's mother sends her away from rainy Washington State to stay with her husband's desert-dwelling Bedouin family in Qatar, she intends it to be a sort of teenage cultural boot camp. What her mother doesn't know is that there are some things about growing up that are universal. In Qatar, Sophia is faced with a new world she'd only imagined as a child. She sets out to find her ... read more

When Sophia Al-Maria's mother sends her away from rainy Washington State to stay with her husband's desert-dwelling Bedouin family in Qatar, she intends it to be a sort of teenage cultural boot camp. What her mother doesn't know is that there are some things about growing up that are universal. In Qatar, Sophia is faced with a new world she'd only imagined as a child. She sets out to find her ... read more

Golda Namat Hona (Arabic Edition)

Suad Amiry

Suad Amiry traces the lives of individual members of Palestinian families and, through them, the histories of both Palestine and the émigré Palestinian community in other countries of the Middle East.Golda Slept Here juxtaposes serial bombardments and personal tragedies; evokes the sights and smells of Palestinian architecture and food; and weaves for us the tapestry that is the Palestinian re... read more

Suad Amiry traces the lives of individual members of Palestinian families and, through them, the histories of both Palestine and the émigré Palestinian community in other countries of the Middle East.Golda Slept Here juxtaposes serial bombardments and personal tragedies; evokes the sights and smells of Palestinian architecture and food; and weaves for us the tapestry that is the Palestinian re... read more

Golda Slept Here

Suad Amiry

Politics enters the lives of every family in Palestine. In this literary historical tour de force, Suad Amiry traces the lives of individual members of Palestinian families and, through them, the histories of both Palestine and the émigré Palestinian community in other countries of the Middle EastAmiry mixes nostalgia with anger while mocking Israeli doublespeak that seeks to wipe out any trac... read more

Politics enters the lives of every family in Palestine. In this literary historical tour de force, Suad Amiry traces the lives of individual members of Palestinian families and, through them, the histories of both Palestine and the émigré Palestinian community in other countries of the Middle EastAmiry mixes nostalgia with anger while mocking Israeli doublespeak that seeks to wipe out any trac... read more

Allan Tanam Ya Sam (Time for Bed, Fred!) (Arabic Edition)

Yasmeen Ismail

Meet Fred-a mischievous, playful, loving dog. It's time for Fred to go to bed . . . but Fred really, really doesn't want to! From hiding up in trees, to splashing in muddy puddles, to hiding behind bookshelves, Fred will do anything to avoid bedtime. He would even rather have a bath than go to bed . . . but all of this running couldn't possibly have possibly made Fred sleepy-could it?

Meet Fred-a mischievous, playful, loving dog. It's time for Fred to go to bed . . . but Fred really, really doesn't want to! From hiding up in trees, to splashing in muddy puddles, to hiding behind bookshelves, Fred will do anything to avoid bedtime. He would even rather have a bath than go to bed . . . but all of this running couldn't possibly have possibly made Fred sleepy-could it?

Mawsim Al-Houriyyat (Season of Nymphs) (Arabic Edition)

Jamal Naji

Mawsim al-Houriyyat (Season of Nymphs) is a captivating story that carries echoes of a Marquezian novel. It deals with the aftermath of the Arabic Spring - the upsurge of Muslim fanaticism and radicalization of Muslim youth - in a landscape that stretches from the Middle East in Jordan, Iraq and Syria to the Far East in India. The novel's enormous geographical reach enables the author to paint... read more

Mawsim al-Houriyyat (Season of Nymphs) is a captivating story that carries echoes of a Marquezian novel. It deals with the aftermath of the Arabic Spring - the upsurge of Muslim fanaticism and radicalization of Muslim youth - in a landscape that stretches from the Middle East in Jordan, Iraq and Syria to the Far East in India. The novel's enormous geographical reach enables the author to paint... read more

Taqs (Arabic Edition)

Amir Tag Elsir

A Sudanese writer begins to suspect that one of his most idiosyncratic characters from a recent novel resembles – in an uncanny, terrifying way – a real person he has never met. Since he condemned this character to an untimely death in the novel, should he attempt to save this real man from a similar fate?Set in both sides of Khartoum – the bustling capital city and the neglected, poverty-stri... read more

A Sudanese writer begins to suspect that one of his most idiosyncratic characters from a recent novel resembles – in an uncanny, terrifying way – a real person he has never met. Since he condemned this character to an untimely death in the novel, should he attempt to save this real man from a similar fate?Set in both sides of Khartoum – the bustling capital city and the neglected, poverty-stri... read more

Corsair: (English Edn)

Abdulaziz Al-Mahmoud, Abdul Aziz Al Mahmoud

It's the early part of the nineteenth century and the Arabian Peninsula and the waters surrounding it are ablaze. Piracy in the Gulf threatens global maritime trade routes while the Wahabbi strain of Islam is conquering followers town by town across the region. Britain, eager to reinforce its presence in the Middle East and protect the East India Company's ships, has a plan: send a man-of-war ... read more

It's the early part of the nineteenth century and the Arabian Peninsula and the waters surrounding it are ablaze. Piracy in the Gulf threatens global maritime trade routes while the Wahabbi strain of Islam is conquering followers town by town across the region. Britain, eager to reinforce its presence in the Middle East and protect the East India Company's ships, has a plan: send a man-of-war ... read more

The Arch and the Butterfly

Mohammed Achaari

A moving novel of identity, extremism, culture and generational change set in modern-day Morocco.

A moving novel of identity, extremism, culture and generational change set in modern-day Morocco.

Land of No Rain

Amjad Nasser

Land of No Rain takes place in Hamiya, a fictional Arab country run by military commanders who treat power as a personal possession to be handed down from one generation to the next. The main character was forced into exile from Hamiya twenty years earlier for taking part in a failed assassination attempt on the military ruler known as the Grandson. On his return to his homeland, he encounters... read more

Land of No Rain takes place in Hamiya, a fictional Arab country run by military commanders who treat power as a personal possession to be handed down from one generation to the next. The main character was forced into exile from Hamiya twenty years earlier for taking part in a failed assassination attempt on the military ruler known as the Grandson. On his return to his homeland, he encounters... read more

Throwing Sparks (Developing History)

Abdo Khal

When an opulent palace is built on the Jeddah waterfront near his poverty-stricken neighbourhood, ambitious Tariq sees a way out of his life of petty crime. He stares longingly at the huge gates, dreaming of the luxuries beyond. But dream quickly turns into nightmare. The Palace is ruled by an enigmatic Master whose influence in the city is as wide as it is wicked. When Tariq succeeds in being... read more

When an opulent palace is built on the Jeddah waterfront near his poverty-stricken neighbourhood, ambitious Tariq sees a way out of his life of petty crime. He stares longingly at the huge gates, dreaming of the luxuries beyond. But dream quickly turns into nightmare. The Palace is ruled by an enigmatic Master whose influence in the city is as wide as it is wicked. When Tariq succeeds in being... read more

Bitter Almonds

Lilas Taha

Omar was born in 1948 in Jerusalem on the day of the Deir Yassin Massacre. To flee the violence, the neighbors, Subhia and her husband immediately whisked him away along with his mother and five-year-old sister Fatimah and reached Damascus. Omar's mother did not survive, and Omar and Fatimah were raised in Subhia's household with their children, although the two families were not blood relativ... read more

Omar was born in 1948 in Jerusalem on the day of the Deir Yassin Massacre. To flee the violence, the neighbors, Subhia and her husband immediately whisked him away along with his mother and five-year-old sister Fatimah and reached Damascus. Omar's mother did not survive, and Omar and Fatimah were raised in Subhia's household with their children, although the two families were not blood relativ... read more

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