Bushra Khalfan

Bushra Khalfan


بشرى خلفان

Bushra Khalfan is an Omani novelist, short story writer, poet and journalist. She was born in 1969 and worked for more than ten years as a columnist for Omani newspapers such as Al-Watan and Al-Ru’ya. Currently, she writes for the daily Oman and runs creative writing workshops in Oman and in other Arab Gulf countries. Her most recent novel Dilshad (2021), a vibrant and gritty twentieth-century epic, tells the story of three generations of minority communities within the ethnic, linguistic and cultural melting pot that is Oman’s capital Muscat. The book—already in its tenth edition at the time of writing—was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2022 and the same year won the Katara Prize. Khalfan’s debut novel, The Garden, was published in 2016, and she has also published three short story collections and two books of prose.

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Date of birth : 1969
Country of birth: Oman
Country of residence: Oman
Publisher(s): Takween
Contact: teneleven (agency)

Selected bibliography

  • دلشاد سيرة الجوع والشبع, Dilshad, A Story of Hunger and Satiety*, Takween, Kuwait, 2021
  • الباغ, The Garden*, Takween, Kuwait, 2016

* Working title


Bushra Khalfan : a legendary author in the making by Sekkamag, October 2022

IPAF-Shortlisted author Bushra Khalfan : “Novelists are made of the same stuff as magicians” by Arablit, August 2022

IPAF-nominated “Dilshad” author on her 500-page epic that depicts 20th century Oman by The National News, May 2022

The symptoms of hunger may disappear, but its psychological effects remain, by IPAF, May 2022

Prizes and awards

Book(s) featured on this site

Reviewed by Iman Humaydan