Mekkawi Said

Mekkawi Said

Mekkawi Said, a renowned Egyptian novelist and short story writer, was born on July 6, 1956, in Cairo. His literary journey began in the late 1970s while studying at Cairo University’s Faculty of Commerce. His poems were published in various magazines, and his involvement in cultural seminars at the university earned him the title “Poet of the University” in 1979.

After university, Mekkawi Said shifted from poetry to short stories, drawing inspiration from authors like Youssef Idris and Chekhov. In the early 1980s, he frequently attended literary seminars in downtown Cairo cafes. These gatherings brought him into contact with established and emerging writers, earning praise for his early stories. Some of his stories even won awards at Cairo’s Story Club, and writer Yahya Taher Abdullah recommended his stories for publication in Arab magazines.

Mekkawi Said: A Journey through Literary Excellence and Diverse Contributions

Said’s literary oeuvre includes novels, novellas, short stories, children’s literature, TV scripts, and literary criticism. Notable novels by Said include “Mice of the Ship,” “Cairo Swan Song,” and “To Love Jihan.” His short story collections, like “Running after the Light” and “A Room No Man Has Entered,” showcase his narrative versatility.

His creative texts, such as “Downtown Collections” and “Tahrir Notebook,” reflect his deep engagement with contemporary issues. He penned 449 articles for Al-Masry Al-Youm and served on the editorial board of “The Other Writing” magazine. In addition to his literary pursuits, Said volunteered as a financial advisor for Alzheimer’s Egypt Association.

Throughout his career, Said received numerous accolades, including the First Prize for Novel in the Dr. Suad Al-Sabah Creativity Competition and a nomination for the International Arabic Booker Prize. His life and works were featured in the documentary “That Place.”

Said’s early reading interests included detective stories by Agatha Christie and novels by Naguib Mahfouz. In the early 1980s, his participation in literary seminars in Cairo cafes led to recognition and publication. However, following a period of distance from the literary scene, he returned with the novel “Mice of the Ship,” which, despite delays, marked a significant milestone in his writing career.

Books Written by Mekkawi Said