Contributors: Author

Hamdi Abu Golayyel

Hamdy Abu Golayyel, born in 1968, now lives in greater Cairo, where he is Editorial Director for the Folk and Popular Culture Studies Series in the Mass/Public Culture Administration, Government of Egypt. He is of Bedouin origin and moved to Cairo from a settlement like the one he describes in his novel, Thieves in Retirement. He lives with his wife and two young daughters, Hala and Dunya. He writes for Jaridat al-Ittihad al-Imaratiyya (Newspaper of the Emirates' Union). He has published two volumes of short stories, Asrab al-naml (Swarms of Bees, Cairo: Hay'at Qusur al-Thaqafa, 1997) and Ashya' matwiyya bi-*Šñanaya fa'iqa (Items Folded with Great Care, Cairo: al-Hay'a al-misriyya al-*Šñamma lil-kitab, 2000). Lusus mutaqa'idun (Cairo: Dar Mirit, 2002) is his first novel. He has also published a nonfictional work, al-Qahira: Shawari' wa-hikayat (Cairo: Streets and Stories, Cairo: Maktabat al-usra, 2003). Abu Golayyel is the recipient of three literary awards: Ja'izat al-majmu'a al-qisasiyya (Award for a Short Story Collection), Ministry of Culture, Egypt, 1997; Ja'izat al-qissa (Award for Fictional Narrative: Short Story), Akhbar al-yawm, Cairo, 1999; and Ja'izat al-ibda' al-*Šñarabi (Arabic Creative Writing Award), United Arab Emirates, 2000.

His novel, Thieves in Retirement, will be published by Syracuse University Press in 2006.