Saud Alsanousi

Winner Of The International Prize For Arabic Fiction (Known As The ‘Arabic Booker’)
Winner Of The State Of Kuwait Prize
Financial Times Recommended Summer Read
Winner Of The 2016 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize For Arabic Literature In Translation
Voted Person Of The Year In The Kingdom Of Bahrain 2016
Zayed Book Award – shortlisted for his novel Hamam Al Dar, longlisted for Mama Hissa’s Mice and Salha’s Camel

Saud-Al-Sanousi © Djinane-AlSuwayeh

Saud is a Kuwaiti novelist and journalist, born in 1981. His work has appeared in a number of Kuwaiti publications, including Al-Watan newspaper and Al-Arabi, Al-Kuwait and Al-Abwab magazines. He currently writes for Al-Qabas newspaper. His first novel THE PRISONER OF MIRRORS was published in 2010 and won the fourth Laila al-Othman Prize, a prestigious award for novels and short stories by young writers. He won the first prize for his story ‘The Bonsai and the Old Man’ in the Stories on the Air competition organised in July 2011 by the Al-Arabi magazine with BBC Arabic.

He is currently writer in residence at The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Centre and has dramatised and scripted a new version of the “Memoirs of a Sailor” musical; an epic written by poet Mohammed Al-Fayez and composed by musician Ghannam Al-Daikan. He is at work on a new play.

Read speech by Saud Alsanousi about his writing here.