Walid Nabhan, was born in Amman, Jordan in 1966. His family originated in a small village in the outskirts of Hebron, Palestine. Nabhan was first educated at United Nations and Jordanian schools in Amman. He arrived in Malta as a science student in 1990 and furthered his studies in the UK where he graduated in Biomedical Sciences from Bristol University. In 2003, he gained a Master degree in ‘Human Rights and Democratization’ from the University of Malta. Walid has worked in life sciences since his graduation.
Walid Nabhan has published two collections of short stories in Maltese; ‘Lura d-Dar u ġrajjet oħra li ma ġrawx’ (’Back Home and other short stories which never happened’), 2009 and ‘Leħen tal-Fuħħar’ (‘A Voice of Clay’), 2012, a book of poetry ‘Fi Triqti Lejha’ (‘On My Way to Her’) and two novels; ‘L-Eżodu taċ-Ċikonji’ (‘The Exodus of Storks’) in 2013 and another in 2017; ‘L-Iżvijati’ (‘The De-Railed’). In 2014, the he won the Malta National Book Prize and in 2017 he won the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) for his novel ‘Exodus of Storks’. His critically acclaimed translation of Adrian Grima’s poetry into Arabic was published in Cairo in 2017. The winning novel ‘Exodus of Storks’ was published in Arabic, 2018 (in Beirut) and is currently being translated into several languages including English. His writings have appeared in several periodicals and literary publications.