Riyadh Newspaper | Hanan Ghanem: The writer’s language is the key to reaching the reader

Riyadh Newspaper | Hanan Ghanem: The writer’s language is the key to reaching the reader
Riyadh Newspaper | Hanan Ghanem: The writer’s language is the key to reaching the reader
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The Egyptian writer Hanan Ghanem holds a degree in the Academy of Dramatic Arts, Department of Drama and Criticism. She is a well-known writer and screenwriter. She has published the play “Mawlana Sheikh Safwan” and the radio evening “Rahma”, which is the first radio work to be published in a book that is within reach. She wrote the book “Conqueror”. The Manche” on the life story of the world-class swimmer Khaled Shalaby, who crossed the Channel with one arm, in addition to many press and literary articles in Arab newspapers and magazines. In our interview with her, I talked about many literary and artistic aspects:

  • Dramatic and theatrical writing was able to reach the recipient through the stage, screen or radio strongly, so what is its status in a book, especially since you are one of the first to publish a book in this regard?

  • The book in general is no less important than the rest of the dramatic arts, and I have come a long way in it. During the past years, I published a group of books that have spread in libraries and achieved great popularity, which confirmed to me that reading is still required, and that a large sector has not turned away from it, as some try to do. This negative idea is issued to us, and some of my books have been taught in a number of colleges and institutes to students in different academic years, and the most important of these books are: the play of Mawlana Sheikh Safwan, the play Harvest of Age, the play Dreams of Goblins, the play Tears of Pain, and the book of Takhreef.

  • What is the relationship between language and imagery in the literary text, and is there a special style in this aspect, or is it a rule that can be relied upon?

  • Language is the basis of imagery in the literary text, and it is the key to reaching the image that the writer seeks to draw and reach the reader.

* How do you see the status of dramatic texts in the modern era in front of the power of social media?

  • Dramatic texts remain of value, splendor and real impact, and whatever the influence and spread of social media that affects all societies, dramatic texts remain deeper and more influential than social media with a superficial impact, regardless of the size of its spread, and there are still many who prefer dramatic texts much more than social media. Media, which some consider a kind of entertainment and time consuming.

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  • How do you view Saudi creators, through your follow-up to the Saudi creative product?

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  • At the present time, writing and literature in Saudi Arabia are witnessing a real boom and a jump that the whole world is witnessing in light of the new circumstances that the Kingdom is witnessing and the great interest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in all kinds and forms of arts and literature that placed Saudi Arabia in the ranks of major countries, especially since the Kingdom has a lot of Creators in various fields who have proven their presence in a few years and have a lot to offer locally, regionally and globally, through their high capabilities and unique talent, and I personally bet on their superiority and success in the coming years, especially in light of the cultural openness that the country is witnessing.

  • How do you see the reality of Arab drama and the scenarios presented in it, and what about Saudi drama?

  • Arab drama at the present time needs more effort and an opportunity for more creators, because focusing on a specific group only over time will not be a positive thing, and the content that is provided will be a consumer, and this is something that must be reconsidered because the Arab world has many talents that only need someone to take her hand. And it gives them the opportunity to launch and be creative, and the situation is no different in most Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, of course. We need horizontal expansion, not vertical, in terms of the number of talented people and the opportunities available to them.

  • What is your closest work to you? What do you aspire to accomplish in the coming days?

  • Everything that I have written has status and place in myself as if it were one of my children, and therefore it is difficult to prefer one son over the rest of the children, but there are works that have a special status, for many reasons, including the volume of public and reader turnout for them and the great positive reactions after they came to light, most notably: “Mercy”, “Satan’s Stabs”, “Your Nerves, Captain”, “Kafr Al-Ghalaba”, “Tears of Hope”, “Samah Ya Dunya”, “Kiss of Death” and “Love of a Life”.

In the coming days, I aspire to present a work in which many stars of Arab countries participate, entrenching the idea that Arab cooperation in various fields can put this great country, rich in its wealth and talents, at the forefront, and be the locomotive that advances the whole world and takes it to the stations of progress in various fields.

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