Noura Al Noman
With a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature (1986) and a Master’s in Translation Studies (2004), Noura Al Noman is fascinated by languages, but she never expected to become a creative writer, let alone an author of books for Arab children.
In 2010, she published 2 picture books for toddlers. Cotton the Kitten and Kiwi the Hedgehog were published by Kalimat in Arabic, and aimed to contrast how children deal with pets and with wild animals. Noting the huge deficit in books for young Arabs (aged 15+), she wrote her first novel, Ajwan, one of a handful of science fiction novels in the Arab world.
In 2013, Ajwan was shortlisted in the Young Adult category of the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature.