Ala Hlelel

Ala Hlehel was born in Jesh, Galilee, in 1974 and graduated from the Tel Aviv School of Screenwriting and Haifa University. He has written numerous short stories, plays, and scripts for film and TV, and in 2003 he took part in an international playwrights’ residency at the Royal Court, London. He has received a number of awards for his work, among them the 2003 Young Writer Award from the AM Qattan Foundation. Ala has also worked as a radio presenter in Haifa and has published three books to date: The Circus (a novel); Stories for the Time of Need (short stories) and The Father, the Son and the Lost Spirit (novel & five short stories). He lives in Akka.

Anthologies featuring Ala Hlelel

Madinah: City Stories from the Middle East

For all we think we know of the conflict and exoticism of the region, nothing opens more doors to what we don’t than its writing. Here, ten short stories by new and established writers have been selected and translated in English for the first time, to open just such a door…