Mariam Al Saedi

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Mariam Al Saedi was born in 1974 in Al Ain. She gained an English Literature degree from UAE University and postgraduate certificates in Urban Planning from the American University of Sharjah and in Jerusalem Studies from Aberdeen University in Scotland. She currently works for the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport while simultaneously developing her writing career.

A rising young literary talent, Mariam has published two collections of short stories: مريموالحظالسعيد (Mariam and the Good Fortune), published by the Abu Dhabi Cultural & Heritage Authority in 2009 as part of the Qalam project, and also translated into German, and أبدوذكية (I Look Smart), published by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Foundation in 2009 as part of the OKTOB project.

Her short story 'The Old Woman' was included in the Denys Johnson-Davies collection In a Fertile Desert, and is a subtle exploration of the claims of the old world and the new as an old woman becomes a source of embarrassment to her more sophisticated children.
Awarded 3rd place in Emirates Women Creativity Prize in 2008, in Sharjah.

In 2009 she participated in Basel International Book Fairin a special symposium after translating her first book into German (Mariam und das Glück), sponsored by Abu Dhabi Cultural Authority along with 6 other collections of short stories for Emarati women writers. The same book has been translated into Indian and Urdo by the Cultural Authority of Abu Dhabi.

In October 2010 Mariam, along with other 6 Arab writers, took part in a writers’ workshop in Abu Dhabi. Dubbed Nadwa (which translates as 'workshop') and sponsored by International Prize for Arabic Fiction, the workshop aims to produce original pieces of fiction that will then be published internationally in Arabic and English.

She participated in privatesymposiums in Abu Dhabi International Book Fair March 2011, and Al Ain Reads Book Show in October 2011.
She also contributed two short stories translated into English in Banipal Literary Magazine, issued in UK, in its 42nd issue dedicated to literature of the Emirates.

Since November 2010 she committed to writing a weekly column in the Cultural page of Al Ittihad.  Her third collection of short stories is to be published under the title عن مشاعري المقدسة“My Sacred Feelings”.

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