Raja Alem

Raja Alem

The Saudi Arabian author Raja Alem was born in Mecca and lives in Paris. Her works include ten novels, 4 plays, biography, short stories, essays, literary journalism, writing for children, and collaborations with international artists and photographers, some of her novels were translated into English, Spanish, French and Italian. She appears often on the international cultural and literary scene, especially to discuss and give workshops in spirituality , children’s creativity, and links between east and west.  She has received many awards in the Arab world and in Europe, like Iben Tufail Prize from the Spanish Arabic cultural center in Madrid, a prize from UNESCO for creative achievement 2005, the prize of the distinguished writers from the Lebanese Literary Club in Paris 2008, the Booker prize 2011, the International prize for Arabic fiction on her novel The Dove’s Necklace.