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Out of Time - Translating a 20th Century Classic: Marcia Lynx Qualey & Ranya Abdelrahman

Out of Time - Translating a 20th Century Classic: Marcia Lynx Qualey & Ranya Abdelrahman

Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 11:30-12:00

Venue: Al Riwaq I, InterContinental, Dubai Festival City

Language: English

Session No: 193 

The late Palestinian writer Samira Azzam (1927-1967) was renowned as one of the earliest and most pre-eminent Palestinian literary voices in the wake of the Nakba of 1948. Her stories holistically encapsulated and examined Palestinian identity and societal structures, particularly class hierarchy and the role of women, as well as pioneering Palestinian narratives in the diaspora.

Join translator Ranya Abdelrahman and publisher Marcia Lynx Qualey in an insightful conversation delving into the journey of translating and publishing Out of Time: Short Stories by Samira Azzam. They will reveal the importance of honouring Azzam’s work and how the collection was brought to life through community-based funding under ALQ Books, a Patreon-backed publishing channel and sister project of ArabLit and ArabLit Quarterly, dedicated to Arabic literatures in translation.

Marcia Lynx Qualey is a literary critic, book editor, and freelance journalist who runs the ArabLit website (, which won a 2017 London Book Fair Literary Translation Initiative Prize. She also publishes ArabLit Quarterly magazine and co-hosts the BULAQ podcast. Qualey holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota and writes about Arabic literature for the Guardian. Her writing also appears in Al Jazeera, The New Republic, Your Middle East, among many others.

Ranya Abdelrahman is a translator of Arabic literature into English. After working for more than 16 years in the information technology industry, she changed careers to pursue her passion for books, promoting reading and translation. She has published translations in ArabLit Quarterly and The Common, and is the translator of Out of Time, a short story collection by the late Palestinian author Samira Azzam. She is currently co-translating bestselling Kuwaiti author Bothayna Al-Essa’s satirical novel Guardian of Superficialities with Sawad Hussain. Abdelrahman lives in Dubai with her family and a chocolate Labrador named Polo.

As you plan your day at the Festival, please take into consideration that it takes between 30-60 mins to commute between the Intercontinental, Festival City and Mohammed Bin Rashid Library.
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