The LitFest Blog
What are you looking forward to at the 2015 Festival?
I was a guest speaker at the 2013 LitFest and remember vividly the great enthusiasm of visitors especially the young Emiratis.
I look forward very much to meeting them again, both in the LitFest site and on visits to local schools and universities.
What inspired you to write?
The books I have written can be found by Googling my name.
They are of 3 kinds:
Text books for teaching Arabic, both spoken and written, the most recent being an online course commissioned by the European Union [www.arabiconline.eu]
Historical studies, such as my life of King Abdul-Aziz, the first king of Saudi Arabia, and an account of BRITISH ARABISTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY.
Personal reminiscences such as my CONFESSIONS OF AN ARABIC INTERPRETER.
All were inspired by my experience of living and working in the Arab World with my family and especially in the UAE.
What is the best piece of advice you were given about writing?
“Write about what you know”.
If you were marooned on an island, which book would you want with you?
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.
Which literary character would you invite to dinner?
Becky Sharp in Thackeray’s VANITY FAIR. Because I was obliged to study VANITY FAIR as a set book for A Level I was led on to all of Thackeray’s many works.
Read more about the author here