Saudi writer talks to LAPA about life in quar­an­tine

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KUWAIT: Al-Sada (The Echo) pro­gram broad­cast by LOYAC’s Acad­emy for Per­fro­mace Arts (LAPA) on In­sta­gram and pre­sented by LOYAC chair­per­son, Farea Al-Saqqaf, re­cently hosted the Saudi writer and me­dia fig­ure Badriya Al-Bisher.

Speak­ing about the cur­rent cur­few, Al-Bisher said that it was a gift and bless­ing for her as a writer. “The corona crisis in­vokes two types of re­ac­tions; from peo­ple who will have learned their les­son and re­al­ized that the en­vi­ron­ment is heal­ing up as if COVID-19 was a uni­ver­sal mes­sage in this re­gard. In ad­di­tion, fam­ily mem­bers are back to face to face con­tacts for the first time in a long while. On the other hand, some peo­ple will never learn the les­son,” she ex­plained, point­ing that the crisis made her more in­tro­vert and re­al­ize that hu­mans have so many undis­cov­ered trea­sures within. “We have been al­ways seek­ing hap­pi­ness out­side while ev­ery­thing is deep within our souls,” she un­der­lined.

Speak­ing about her mar­i­tal life with her hus­band; Saudi co­me­dian Nasser Al-Qasabi, AlBisher said that their jour­ney to­gether started at a young age and that they al­ways have an open di­a­logue. “He al­ways reads my writ­ings and I al­ways fol­low up his works,” she said, not­ing AlQasabi al­ways por­trays both opin­ions in any ar­gu­ment such as the is­sue of hav­ing women wear Abaya pre­sented in his re­cent se­ries ‘Exit 7’ which showed a father and his young daugh­ter’s dif­fer­ent points of view in this re­gard and whether the so­ci­ety would cope with var­i­ous changes.

“Cre­ativ­ity is writ­ers’ great­est in­cen­tive. They write to shake us and shift us from mind to heart de­spite the mod­ern trend that wor­ships mind,” she said, not­ing that nov­els en­rich read­ers’ aware­ness with spir­i­tual and ma­te­ri­al­is­tic ex­pe­ri­ences.

Com­ment­ing on the con­tro­versy caused by her novel ‘THURS­DAY VISI­TORS’, Al-Bisher said that the main stream in it was the main fig­ure’s re­bel­lion against her mother and what she be­lieves wrong, un­til she makes the same mis­takes her mother did and fi­nally un­der­stands her and chooses a dif­fer­ent path. “What dis­turbed me most in those who crit­i­cized the novel is that they failed to no­tice the is­sue of mar­riage of lit­tle girls… How­ever, the com­mu­nity of read­ers is so wide and in­cludes peo­ple who ap­prove and oth­ers who dis­ap­prove,” she ex­plained, not­ing that art can fight ex­trem­ism and paves the way for po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion-making.

Speak­ing about her ex­pe­ri­ence as a mother, Al-Bisher stressed that it made her grow more ma­ture, lov­ing, mer­ci­ful and adapt­able. “Our kids are more open to hu­man­ity and made use of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy in com­mu­ni­cat­ing. I envy them for the swift­ness of their lives and re­jec­tion to bar­ri­ers, racism and re­jec­tion,” Al-Bisher con­cluded.

Badriya Al-Bisher

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