Selma Dabbagh is a British Palestinian writer of fiction who lives in London.
Her writing is mainly set in the contemporary Middle East, but it doesn’t have to be. Recurring themes to date are idealism (however futile), placelessness, political engagement (or lack thereof) and the impact of social conformity on individuals.
Selma’s first novel, Out of It, was published by Bloomsbury (UK) and Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Press (BQFP) in December 2011. The UK Paperback and the US edition (Bloomsbury USA) came out in August 2012.
Out of It was positively reviewed in the UK, the US and the Middle East. It was nominated as a Guardian Book of the Year in 2011 and 2012. The Arabic edition (Alkhorooj Min Gaza) translated by Samer Abouhawwach is due out with BQFP in March 2015.
Selma Dabbagh has written numerous short stories, one of the first Palestinian plays to be produced by BBC Radio 4, The Brick (broadcast in January 2014), written numerous blogs and pieces of journalism for newspapers and magazines from The Guardian in the UK to GQ in India. She regularly reviews works of fiction about or by Palestinians for The Electronic Intifada.
She has appeared at national and international literary festivals from Frome and Guildford to Gaza and Jaipur and taught creative writing at schools and universities in the UK and the Middle East.
She has also collaborated with film makers in the writing of feature films.
‘We will be hearing much more from Selma Dabbagh,’ Robin Yassin-Kussab, The Guardian, January 2012.