just a fragment from my current work-in-progress. raw and unedited.
Hayat | in her voice | a woman’s monologue
I will tell her everything tonight.
Not because I need to justify my choices or defend them in any way, not because she deserves to know the truth, and not because I feel any need to tell someone. No. I will tell her everything tonight because she is my best friend, and because we’ve always told each other everything. Shared our secrets, our pain, laughter, blankets and pillows on the roof on summer nights, the utter horror of our first period, that first cough and head-spinning of a first cigarette. I will tell her everything tonight because I love her, and I want her friendship back in my life. Most of all, I miss the intimacy we shared.
– khulud, work-in-progress
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a Palestinian feminist writer, born to a Slovak mother and a Palestinian father. Growing up in two countries and between two cultures, my identity is composed of both, and my multicultural background affects my writing. I write fiction, poetry and non-fiction fragments. My first novel, “Haifa Fragments,” was published in 2015 by Spinifex Press (Australia), New Internationalist (UK), and translated into Italian and Turkish. I hold a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Haifa. In my fiction, poetry, as well as non-fiction, I deal with political and social issues such as identity, belonging, racism and discrimination, art as political resistance, hard-core social taboos in the Palestinian society, and issues affecting women and the LGBTQI community, all from a feminist perspective. I’m a member of the radical feminist collective Isha L’Isha – Haifa Feminist Center, and live with my daughter in Haifa.
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