Najwan Darwish

Literature - 2011
A Palestinian poet, critic and journalist from Jerusalem. Born in 1978, he published his first collection in 2000, called Kana Yaduqqu Al-Bab Al-Akheer (He Was Knocking on the Last Door), Darwish’s poetry has been translated into ten languages, including a recent selection in French translation compiled by Antoine Jockey called Je me léverai un jour (2012). In 2009, the Hay Festival Beirut39 pronounced him one of best Arab writers under the age of 40. He is the literary advisor to the Palestinian Festival for Literature (Palfest) and has co-founded, directed and advised on several key projects in the fields of literature, visual arts, theatre, creative writing, education, cultural journalism and publishing in the Arab region and in Europe. He also worked as the editor-in-chief of the magazine “To and Fro,” and a writer and critic for the Lebanese magazine “Al-Akhbar.”