Ruba Abughaida

Ruba Abughaida is a poet and author.  She has published a collection of poetry called Paths and Passageways in Arabic which was translated into English (published by Albion Beatnik Press in 2019). Her short story ‘The Sirocco Winds’ won first prize in the Writers and Artists Historical Fiction competition in 2014.  She translates poetry and fiction in Arabic and English.  She holds a creative writing degree from Oxford University and an Master of Studies in creative writing from Cambridge University.

She is currently completing an Master of Studies at SOAS, London University, in Arabic Medieval Thought.  Her writing, including short stories, poetry and reviews, has appeared in several publications in the UK, North America and Lebanon.

Ruba worked closely with Jenny Lewis and Adnan Al-Sayegh translating Adnan's epic poem Uruk's Anthem into English. Let Me Tell You What I Saw, the first English/Arabic dual language translation of large sections of the poem, is forthcoming from Seren in October 2020. 



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Author Events

Tuesday 10th November, 18:00

We are delighted to be hosting the launch of Let Me Tell You What I Saw by Adnan Al-Sayegh.   At this virtual event, renowned poet Adnan Al-Sayegh and poet and translator Jenny Lewis will present Let Me Tell You What I Saw – the first ever dual language English/ Arabic publication of substantial extracts of Adnan's epic poem Uruk's Anthem. One of the longest poems ever written in Arabic literature, Uruk's Anthem has been described as beautiful, powerful and courageous and at the same time apocalyptic and terrifying in its unwavering scrutiny of, and opposition to, oppression and dictatorship...