ON AIR: Bachtyar Ali & Kareem Abdulrahman
Bakhtiyar Ali was born in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan in 1966 and currently resides in Cologne, Germany. He is a novelist, literary critic, essayist, and poet, and is widely considered one of the most prominent Kurdish writers by readers both in Kurdistan and the Kurdish diaspora. His novel Ghezelnus u Baxekani Xeyal ["Ghazalnus and the Gardens of Imagination"] published in English under the title I Stared at the Night of the City (2016), is considered the first Kurdish-language novel to be published in English.
Kareem Abdulrahman is a translator and journalist. He obtained his MA in Journalism from the University of Westminster and worked for over eight years with the BBC, where translation from Kurdish was part of his remit. In 2013, he was awarded a position in the British Centre for Literary Translation’s prestigious mentorship programme. He is the author of the English translation of Bakhtiyr Ali´s novel I Stared at the Night of the City (2016). He lives in London.