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Mahmoud Shukair

Mahmoud Shukair

Sector : Cultural Figures , Writers

Personal Info

  • Country of residence : Palestine
  • Gender : Male
  • Born in : 1941
  • Age : 75
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Mahmoud Shukair has been a prodigious creator of short stories since the mid-1960s. He was born in 1941 in Jerusalem and grew up there. He studied at Damascus University and has an MA in Philosophy and Sociology (1965). 
He has published numerous volumes, including nine short story collections, 13 books for children, a volume of folk tales, a biography of a city, and a travelogue. He has written six series for TV, three plays, and countless newspaper and magazine articles, including for online publications.
He worked for many years as a teacher and journalist, was  editor-in-chief of a weekly magazine, Al-Talia’a [The Vanguard] 1994-96, and editor-in-chief of Dafatir Thaqafiya [Cultural File] magazine 1996-2000, when he was also director of literature for the Palestinian Ministry of Culture.
He was jailed twice by the Israeli authorities, lasting nearly two years, and in 1975 was deported to Lebanon. He lived in Beirut, Amman and Prague before returning to Jerusalem in 1993, where he still lives.
Mordechai's Moustache and his Wife's Cats (Banipal Books 2007), is his first volume in English translation – selected short stories and two essays on his life in writing. The title story was published in Banipal 20 (Summer 2004) and is available to read online here. 
Some of his short stories have been translated into French, Spanish, Korean and Chinese.  His works, short stories and essays, have also been published periodically in Banipal magazine.

Achievements and Awards

He participated in the following :

- Four of the congresses of the General Union of the Arab Writers: in Tripoly/ Libia, 1977. in Tripoly/ Libia, 1988. in Amman/ Jordan, 1992 (as a president of the Palestinian Delegation) and in
Damascus/ Syria, 1998.
- The Cultural Festival of Moldy/ Norway, 1997.
- The International Writing Program/ Iowa University/ U.S. A, (23/ 8/ 1998- 22/ 11/ 1998).
- The Congress of Children Literature/ Amman, 1999.
- Stavenger Cultural Festival/ Norway, 2002.
- The Sixth Congress of Children Literature/ Stavenger/ Norway, 2003.
- The first annual Symposium of the Jordanian writer Mounis Al- Razzaaz/ Amman, 2003.
- The Amman International Tenth Book Exhibition (4 – 14/ 10/ 2004).
- The Palestinian International Sixth Book Exhibition/ Ramallah, 2005.
- The International Writing Workshop/ Hong Kong Baptist University (14/ 11/ 2005- 13/ 12/ 2005).
- The Manchester Cultural Festival (13- 15/ 10/ 2006).
- The Congress of Narration, Amman, Jordan. 2008
- The Masarat Cultural Festival in Brussels. And signed my book which was translated into French, 2008.
- London International Book fare, London, 2008.
- Tunisian International Book Exhibition, Tunis, 2009.
- The Palestinian Cultural Week in Beirut, Beirut, 2009.
- The International Festival of Literature, Berlin, 2009.
- The Symposium of the Very Short Story, Ramallah, 2010

Awards and Honors:

- Won the Award of Mahmoud Saif Addeen Al- Earani for The Short Story, 1991.
- Was honored by:
- The Union of Jordanian Publishers, 2004.
- The Palestinian Ministry of Culture, 2005;
- The House of Poetry, Ramallah, 2007
- The Jordanian Writers Association, 2008;
- Dar Al-aswar institute, Aco, 2008,
- The University of Philadelphia, Jordan, 2008,
- Palestinian Theatre League, Ramallah, 2009
- Dar Ashurooq publishing house, Ramallah, 2010
- Al-Quds University, Jerusalem 2010

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