Noura Al Noman

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With a Bachelor in English Literature (1986) and a Masters in Translation Studies (2004), Noura Al Noman had studied language for many years; but never expected to become a writer.

In 2010, she published her first two picture books for toddlers. Cotton the Kitten and Kiwi the Hedgehog aimed to contrast how children deal with pets and wild animals.

Noura believes that Arab youth are hungry for fiction which can excite them enough to read in Arabic, and noting the huge deficit in books for young adults, wrote Ajwan, one of a handful of Arabic science fiction novels.

Ajwan won the 2013 Etisalat Children Literature Award for Best Young Adult Novel, and was followed by Mandan and Saydonia. Noura is currently working on the fourth and final book in the series.