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Free To (Word)Play: Egyptian Writers Find A Second Home In English

Is truth really stranger than fiction?

Not if the magic of literature is unleashed, as Rowayat proves. Launched this January 25, the pioneering English-language journal gathers established and emerging writers to paint a literary landscape of today’s Egypt.

“Fiction is where freedom exists in its purest form. You can’t understand Egypt or Egyptians from newspaper headlines, but you can come into their homes and hearts through their writers“, says its founder Sherine Elbanhawy.

The journal, whose second issue will come out this June, not only showcases the poems of award-winning authors and the fresh voices of emerging writers, but also has a special hook: a student fiction competition in each issue.

“Rowayat wants to be a stepping-stone for new writers to be noticed, get awards, and be offered publishing contracts. We aim to cross boundaries and unite past, present and future writers emerging and resurrecting from Egypt”, she says.

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Valentina Primo

Journalist, globetrotter, and determined idealist. Since Valentina left her home country of Argentina, she has searched for ways to build bridges between cultures and foster dialogue. Her previous work in international organizations in Italy and Germany fed her passion for the world of development, while her 8-year journalistic experience in Argentina and Egypt increased her curiosity for everything that challenges the stereotype. She holds a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Peace Studies with a specialization in Human Rights.

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