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Dr Samah Sabawi is an award-winning playwright. In 2020 she received a Green Room Award for best writing for her play THEM, also nominated for Best Independent Theatre Ensemble, Best Independent Production and Best Direction, and shortlisted for both the Victorian Premier Literary Awards and the Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting. Sabawi’s play Tales of a City by the Sea was staged over 100 times around the world, won two Drama Victoria Awards for Best Production and Best Publication and was nominated for the Green Room Award for Best Independent Production. In 2016, Sabawi co-edited the anthology Double Exposure: Plays of the Jewish and Palestinian Diasporas, winner of the Patrick O’Neill Award, and co-authored I Remember My Name: Poetry by Samah Sabawi, Ramzy Baroud and Jehan Bseiso, winner of the Palestine Book Award. Sabawi is currently working on her first animation film to be released in 2024.

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