Ali Al Jallawi:
Contemporary Bahraini poet, born in Manama in 1975. Ali Al Jallawi began writing poetry at the age of fourteen. His early
work was characterised by revolutionary and political ideas, and
he was arrested at the age of seventeen because of a poem in
which he criticised the political regime in Bahrain. He was
arrested again in 1995 and imprisoned until 1998.
During his time in prison Al Jallawi read widely and educated
himself on many subjects. His rigid religious and political
stance changed into a passion for ideas and intellectual
openness, although he remains committed to achieving a just
political system in Bahrain.
More recently his poetry has dealt with philosophical and
human-oriented subjects; his best-known work is Dilmuniyat (Dilmun
was the name of an ancient Bahraini civilisation). Ali Al
Jallawi lives in Manama, and as well as writing poetry runs a
research centre dedicated to writing about Bahrain’s minorities
and communities ignored by ‘official’ histories.