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Ahmed El-Fagih


Ahmed El-Fagih is a writer of international standing whose works include the award-winning trilogy Gardens of the Night and a large body of novels, plays, short story collections, and essays. His dramas have been performed in many countries, including the United States, and his books have been widely read and translated. El-Fagih was a leading figure on the Arab cultural scene in London in the 1970s and 1980s, where he first studied drama, then ran the magazine Azure, an English-language publication covering Arab arts. During this time, his play Gazelles was adapted by Adrian Mitchell and staged at the Shaw Theatre in 1982. El-Fagih then turned to diplomacy and served as Libya's Ambassador to Greece, and more recently Romania, where he performed in his play The Writer Who Wrote Nothing at the Sibiu Festival. During this period, El-Fagih continued to write plays and novels, and his twelve-volume novel Maps of the Soul was recently published in Cairo.

Ahmed El-Fagih founded and chaired many institutions in Libya and abroad. Among the posts he has occupied include Chairman of Arab Cultural Trust, Secretary General of the Union of Writers and Artists, and Director of the National Institute of Drama and Music. He is currently Chairman of the Mizda Heritage Society. El-Fagih has directed and performed in many plays for The New Theatre, a company he founded in Tripoli, and is the recipient of Libya's highest medal, The Grand Al-Fatah Medal.
Ahmed El-Fagih