Hooda Shawa Qaddumi (هدى شوا قدومي) was born in the UK in 1964 to a Palestinian father and British mother. Hooda grew up in Riyadh and Gaza and then received her degree in Economics and Political Science from the American University in Cairo after which she briefly worked as a journalist for Jordan TV.
After marrying and moving to Kuwait, she obtained a degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and taught both children and adults at the British Council and at Kuwait University. The world of language acquisition took her into the realm of Arabic language and learning, which she felt lacked the interactive and fun approaches that applied to English language teaching. She has been actively involved in working with Arabic professional development programs on behalf of a number of private and government schools in Kuwait.
Hooda has published three Arabic stories inspired by fables and legends of the Arab and Islamic world. Her book, The Birds’ Journey to Mount Qaf, based on a Sufi poem of self-discovery, won the Sheikh Zayed Book Award for Children’s Literature in 2008.
Her latest book, The Animals vs the Humans at the Court of the King of the Jinn, is an ecological tale inspired by
a 10th century Abbasid fable. She also writes scripts for youth drama, conducts story telling workshops, and is currently working on a project based on a medieval Islamic fortune-telling device she spotted in the British Museum.
(From Emirates Festival of Literature Website)