Welsh authors at the Cairo Book Fair 2020

24 January 2020 — 26 January 2020
Literary Europe Live Plus

Welsh authors Gary Raymond and Lloyd Markham attended the Cairo Book Fair to meet readers of their books brought out by the Egyptian publisher Al Arabi. They took part in events at the book fair and Lloyd Markham appeared on Egyptian TV.

The Arabic translation used a quirky detail from Lloyd Markham’s debut novel, an orange spacesuit worn by the protagonist, to give the book a new title, and the author appeared on stage in the eponymous spacesuit.

The visit inspired author and editor of Wales Arts Review Gary Raymond to write his next novel, Angels of Cairo, published in 2021.

The visit was part of the Literary Europe Live Plus project aimed at promoting European writing overseas and connecting the literary scenes of Europe with festivals and book events outside Europe.

Photos: Al Arabi publisher Sherif Bakr with the authors at the Cairo Book Fair and Lloyd Markham in TV studio, courtesy of Al Arabi.