Imagine the world
Who are the new storytellers?
Beirut39 inspires a fresh look at modern Arab literature. A collaboration between the Hay Festival and Beirut World Capital of the Book 2009, the project brought together 39 of the best known and loved writers of Arab heritage under 39 years of age. In Beirut the East, the West and the Mediterranean combine to produce a unique cultural mix. Beirut39 is a great opportunity to discover new voices in Arab literature.
The 39 writers under 39 years were chosen by a group of respected Arab writers, academics and journalists. Nominations were solicited from publishers and literary critics across the Arab world and internationally. The public were also invited to nominate. The judging panel was aided by research and specialist knowledge from Hay Festival and Banipal, the magazine of modern literature.
The selected authors were required to have at least one piece of work published (fiction or poetry); to be born in 1970 or after; and to be of Arab heritage. Writers’ work could be in any language but the subject had to be affiliated with the Arab world. Books and information about the authors in the Nomination List were submitted to the jury for deliberation.