Mai Al-Nakib | Brief Biography


Mai Al-Nakib | Brief Biography

Mai Al-Nakib  Brief Biography

Mai Al-Nakib | Brief Biography

Mai Al-Nakib is a Kuwaiti writer, born in 1982. She is known for her works in fiction and poetry, which often address themes of identity, memory, and place. Her writing has won numerous awards and has been translated into several languages.

Early Life:
Mai Al-Nakib was born in Kuwait and raised in a family that valued education and the arts. From a young age, she showed a strong interest in literature and writing. She received her undergraduate degree in English literature from Kuwait University and went on to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom.

Al-Nakib began her writing career while still in university, publishing short stories and poems in literary magazines and anthologies. In 2008, she won the Kuwait Prize for Youth Creativity for her collection of short stories, “The Pain of Others.” This was followed by her first novel, “The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” (2010), which won the prize for best novel at the Sharjah International Book Fair.

Her writing has been widely praised for its lyrical style and its exploration of themes of identity, memory, and place. Her works often address the experiences of women and the complexities of relationships, both personal and political.

In 2014, Al-Nakib’s second novel, “A Map of Home” was published. The book received critical acclaim and was shortlisted for several international awards, including the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.

In addition to her writing, Al-Nakib is also a respected public speaker and has given talks and lectures on literature and culture at universities and cultural institutions around the world.

Literary Works:
Mai Al-Nakib‘s works include: “The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” (2010), “A Map of Home” (2014), “The Voice That Stayed” (2018)

Awards and Recognition:

Kuwait Prize for Youth Creativity (2008)
Best Novel Award, Sharjah International Book Fair (2010)
Shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (2014)
Shortlisted for the Taifa Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature (2019) 0 0 0.


Mai Al-Nakib’s official website (
“The Arabic Booker Prize: A Map of Home by Mai Al-Nakib” by Rebecca O’Connell, The National (the, 2014.
“Kuwaiti author Mai Al-Nakib’s ‘A Map of Home’ is a multi-layered meditation on identity” by Zainab Al-Khawaja, Gulf News (, 2014.
“Mai Al-Nakib: The Kuwaiti Writer Who Maps the Many Layers of Home” by Rasha al Raisi, The Culture Trip (, 2019. ***

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