Said Jama Hussein
Said Jama Hussein is a founding member of Somali P.E.N Centre (an affiliate member of International P.E.N, World Association of Writers), and its vice-president until 2010. A well- known Somali Scholar who is actively engaged in the promotion of the Somali language and literature, he is also an essayist and short-story writer. His first collection of short stories, Shufbeel was published in book form by Ponte Invisibile, Pisa, Italy in 2010. Many of his stories have appeared in various Somali journals published in London; some have been adapted and broadcast on the Somali section of BBC World Service Radio. He has also translated some of Anton Chekhov's short stories into Somali, published in book form by Ponte Invisibile in 2011 .
Said Jama is a regular contributor to the two highly popular cultural events related to Somali Literature, London's Somali Week Festival, and the Hargeysa International Book Fair respectively. He is fluent in English, Arabic and Somali and currently heads the translation section of the Redsea-online Cultural Foundation. Said Jama is married and lives with his family in London.