Selma DabbaghBritish/Palestinian Lawyer & Novelist

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Selma is a Lawyer and an author working and living in London.

Selma has been nominated for several awards for her short stories which have been published by Granta, International PEN, Wasafiri, Telegram and The Letters Page. Her first novel, Out of It, (Bloomsbury 2011) set between Gaza, London and the Gulf was listed as a Guardian Book of the Year in 2011 and 2012.

Her first play, The Brick, was broadcast by BBC Radio 4 in January 2014 and has recently been nominated and long listed for the Society of Authors’ Imison Award.

As a lawyer Selma works for Hickman & Rose Solicitors in London and is also the Legal Officer for the No Safe Haven Project of Legal Action Worldwide. Selma qualified in the area of civil actions against the police and employment law and has worked for numerous non-governmental organisations in the field of human rights in East Jerusalem, Cairo and London. She also lived in Bahrain for nine years where she started writing fiction (below) and headed the Corporate Legal and Regulatory Affairs Department of the incumbent telecommunications operator.

Selma is currently working on her second novel.

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BASED IN: London, UK

LANGUAGES: English and Arabic.

SELMA IN PRINT
The Guardian: Iris Origo: the author honoured by a music festival, The Guardian

Selma Dabbagh’s top 10 stories of reluctant revolutionaries, The Guardian

SELMA ON SCREEN

SELMA ON RADIO
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