Lauren Pyott

writer and translator


I am a freelance Arabic translator, writer, researcher and cultural events coordinator, specialising in literature and culture of the Middle East and with a degree in Arabic from the University of Edinburgh. I have a passion for ‘the word’, be it written, spoken, sung or drawn, and am inspired by the translation of ideas though cultural and collaborative events.

My main area of research is in the use of cultural practices across areas of conflict, in which the use of art in contemporary Syria has been a primary focus, as well as other parts of the Middle East. My recent dissertation entitled ‘Revolutionising Identities: Re-Identification of the Individual in Syrian Creative Resistance’ won the Carole Hillenbrand Dissertation Prize in 2012.

I have worked with a number of literary and cultural festivals, including the Edinburgh International Book Festival and most recently its World Writers’ Conference; a number of Reel Festivals, including Reel 2011: Syria, Lebanon and Scotland, Reel Syria 2012 and currently Reel Iraq 2013. As President of Edinburgh University’s Middle Eastern Society I organised a wide variety of cultural events in Edinburgh, including the public film screenings of ‘Black Stone’, (Nidal al Dibs) and a concert with the Oud player Khyam Allami.

I have translated and co-translated a number of literary Arabic texts into English, including among others, the co-translation of Golan Haji’s ‘The Adulterers’; and ‘I Chose to Listen: New Translations from Reel Festival: Syria, Lebanon and Scotland’, which I also co-edited.


2 comments on “About

  1. Mohammed Idris
    December 8, 2012

    Dear Lauren
    I’m really happy to note your achievements
    I’m also proud that you are from highlands
    All I can say is SubhanAllah !!( glory be to Allah)

  2. Jeppe Stavnsbo
    May 26, 2013

    Dear Lauren

    My name is Jeppe and I study Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Copenhagen. I found your blog while searching for literature for my bachelor thesis, which (I think) is going to be an examination of the oppositional identities in the Syrian revolution, focusing on the net series ‘Top Goon’. And I was wondering if there is any way that I could get a hold of your dissertation and maybe get inspired?

    Please let me know.

    Best regards,

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