Said Jama Hussein

Said Jama Hussein

A founding member of Somali PEN Centre, and its vice-president until 2010, Said Jama Hussein is a well known Somali scholar who is actively engaged in the promotion of the Somali language and its literature.

An essayist and short-story writer, his first collection of short stories, entitled   Shufbeel   was published in book form by Ponte Invisibile, Pisa, Italy in 2010. A second collection of essays and short stories,   Safar Aan Jaho Lahayn   (A Flight into the Unknown) was published by Ponte Invisibile in 2013.

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.  Said Jama has  also has translated some of Anton Chekhov's short stories into Somali which were published in book form by Ponte Invisibile in 2011 .

Said Jama is a regular contributor to the two highly popular cultural events, 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.