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Kay Hardy Campbell
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Author of A CARAVAN OF BRIDES: A Novel of Saudi Arabia

Writer with expertise in the Middle East, particularly Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries.

Consultant on book proposals, museum projects and other media undertakings.

Expertise in the music and folk dance of the Middle East - Saudi Arabia and the Gulf a particular specialty.

Administrative Director and Co-Founder of the Arabic Music Retreat.

Public speaker on Saudi culture including Saudi women's issues.

Blogger on the issue of Saudi Women Driving Saudi Women Driving Blog

Languages: Arabic and French


years experience: 30
SKILLS
Writing, Fiction writing
GENRES & SPECIALTIES
General fiction, History, Travel, Lifestyle, Features, Essays, Women's Fiction, Multi-Cultural Fiction, The Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Arab Music, Saudi and Gulf Folk Music, Saudi women's issues, Islam, Book reviews, Book proposal reviews, Public speaking
TRADE REFERENCES
"Campbell's masterful debut novel delivers a story that matches up flawlessly with real-life aspects of Middle Eastern culture, geography, and history. The characters are deeply developed, and their stories intertwine with true events that readers may be unaware of, such as the 1918 flu epidemic and the 1979 Grand Mosque siege. The storytelling transports the audience to a foreign place and time with vivid details and timeless themes. As the well-paced plot moves forward, readers may nearly forget about its destination because they're so wrapped up in the journey. A mesmerizing Middle Eastern tale to be savored from beginning to end". Kirkus Reviews - Starred Review

"A Caravan of Brides is a stunning debut forKay Hardy Campbell. Richly layered and imbued with the fresh spirit of Arabia, the language is lyrical and authentic, and the suspense intense. The pages flew as I read. It's a great choice for those interested in world literature." - Jean Grant, author of Flight: A Novel of Beirut and the French Countryside

"Kay Campbell's considerable skills as a former Jeddah-based reporter and astudent of Arabian history shine through in this remarkablestory-within-a-story about evolving Saudi society." - Arthur Clark,Assistant Editor, AramcoWorld

"Kay Hardy Campbell draws on her deep knowledge of Saudi Arabian society to demonstrate that women's lives in Saudi Arabia may be in thrall to honor, but they are alsomagical and protected by earlier traditions. This tale of a free spirit, her love and her grandmother of the heart will enchant you." - SherifaZuhur, author of Saudi Arabia (ABC-Clio) and Saudi Arabia: Islamic Threat, Politial Reform and the Global War on Terror.

LEADING CLIENTS
Aramco World Magazine
MOST RECENT PROJECTS
A CARAVAN OF BRIDES, a novel of Saudi Arabia, published by Loon Cove Press, September 15, 2017

Fawzia returns home to Jeddah after attending college in Lebanon and takes up secretly with her forbidden college sweetheart. When her reckless behavior leads to her devout older sister’s death, she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a mysterious old storyteller, the niece of a legendary Bedouin chief.

Narrated by Fawzia and the storyteller, Salma, A CARAVAN OF BRIDES celebrates the dangerous melody that love sings in each generation, as it brings the world of Saudi women, past and present, into focus with a tender touch. The story crosses Arabia, from the ancient cities of Jeddah and Mecca, to a peaceful mountain valley, forbidding northern deserts, and a storied oasis town once known for tolerance and open-mindedness.

Forthcoming in 2017 from Loon Cove Press.

The Gown That Steals Your Heart Aramco World Magazine, March 2016. Feature story about the Arabian women's ceremonial garment, the Thobe al-Nashal.

Project review for Taylor and Francis - Music of the Arabian Peninsula: Saudi Arabia and the Upper Gulf States, Lisa Urkevich, 2014

Mehter Music: Echoing Down the Centuries Saudi Aramco World Magazine, September-October, 2012. How the master bandsmen of the Ottoman Empire influenced western music - from orchestras to marching bands and rock and roll.

Maqam Meets the Mainstream Chamber Music America Magazine, September/October, 2011. Why classically-trained western musicians are studying and playing the classical music of the Middle East.

Listening for Al-Andalus Saudi Aramco World Magazine, July-August, 2011. Profile of Spanish musician and producer Eduardo Paniagua, specialist in the music of Andalusian Spain.

Letting Magic Happen, Cabin Life Magazine, March, 2010.

Strolling for the Mail - Essay in Down East Magazine, September, 2009 about finding the inspiration to keep writing.

Boundary Crossing Music - Profile of award-winning Arab-American film composer Kareem Roustom.

Harvest Gold in Spring Short story in the current Aroostook Review.

BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
Ground-breaking feature articles on Middle Eastern music, culture and women in Saudi Aramco World Magazine.

Mehter Music: Echoing Down the Centuries Saudi Aramco World Magazine, September-October, 2012. How the master bandsmen of the Ottoman Empire influenced western music - from orchestras to marching bands and rock and roll.

Listening for Al-Andalus Saudi Aramco World Magazine, July-August, 2011. Profile of Spanish musician and producer Eduardo Paniagua, specialist in the music of Andalusian Spain.

Saudi Music: Alive and Well Saudi Aramco World Magazine, March-April, 2007. On-line article includes photo gallery and sound recordings. (Photography and recordings by Nicole LeCorgne).

Effat's New Roses Saudi Aramco World Magazine, January/February, 2007. Profile of Effat College (now University) with sidebar about its founder the late Queen Effat, wife of the late King Faisal ibn Abd al-Aziz.

Days of Song and Dance Saudi Aramco World Magazine, January/February, 1999. The women's days at the folklore festival of Janadriyyah.

A Heritage Without Boundaries Saudi Aramco World Magazine, May/June, 1996. Profile of Arab musician and composer Simon Shaheen.

Blog on Saudi women driving: Saudi Women Driving Blog

SPECIALIZED TRAINING, WORK EXPERIENCE, HONORS
Former banker, translator, and performer on `ud, the Middle Eastern lute.
Co-founder and Administrative Director of the annual Arabic Music Retreat held at Mount Holyoke College, under sponsorship of the Arab American Arts Institute. (www.arabicmusicretreat.org)
Foreign languages: Arabic and French
writer's blog: Cold Night; Distant Campfire

Degrees:
BA - summa cum laude, Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota
AM - Middle East Area Studies, Harvard University
MBA - Northeastern University