Growing up in Kuwait, I often – some might say too often – found solace in the pages of a book; and if it was a really good book, it would soon become more of a best friend—lovingly read over and over again.
I also began writing at a very early age, from poems to articles to bits and pieces of stories, and I always had this vague, ethereal idea of being published one day.
I completed an MSc in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 and soon after completed my first full-length novel. I will begin a PhD in Arab Women’s Fiction at Lancaster University in 2019.
I’ve had short stories published by the Evening Standard, Quail Bell Magazine, Aesthetica Magazine, the St Andrews University Prose Journal, and in a collection titled Underground: Tales for London (Borough Press 2018). My short story "The Lagoon" was shortlisted for the Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Award 2014. I was British Council International Writer in Residence at the Small Wonder Short Story Festival in 2018.
In 2017 I signed with the fabulous Melissa Edwards. My debut novel, THE PACT WE MADE, which deals with the lives of young women in Kuwait, was published by Borough Press in March 2019. My second novel, SILENCE IS A SENSE, will be published in Spring 2021 (Borough/Algonquin).