Ruba Abughaida is a Palestinian-Lebanese poet and writer. She was born in London where she spent part of her childhood before her parents returned to Kuwait where she grew up. They eventually settled in Canada and she made her way back to the UK for postgraduate studies. She is currently based in the Middle East but considers London and Montreal home as well.
She received an Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing from Oxford University, where she was encouraged to pursue her love of poetry by her teacher and mentor, Oxford based poet Jenny Lewis. She went on to complete an Mst in Creative Writing from Cambridge University. She has subsequently collaborated with Jenny Lewis and Iraqi poet Adnan Al Sayegh on several poetry translation projects. Her passion for Arabic literature and poetry has led her to the doors of SOAS in London and an upcoming graduate degree in Arabic Medieval Thought.
Her short story ‘The Sirocco Winds’ won first prize in the Writer and Artists’ Yearbook Historical Fiction competition in 2014. She has been published in Inkapture Magazine, On the Premises, Noah Magazine, Wales Art Review, In Travel Magazine, The Rusty Nail, Squalorly, Sukoon Magazine and The Laurel Review.
Here is an interview with Ruba on Arablit.org
Ruba Abughaida’s website