Fikry El Azzouzi


Fikry El Azzouzi (b. 1978) is a Moroccan-Flemish novelist, columnist and playwright.

He debuted in 2010 with the novel Het Schapenfeest (The Sheep Party; Van Gennep). The book tells the story of the eleven-year-old Ayoub, who must go with his father to slaughter a sheep for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The novel describes the boy's creative and humorous attempts to evade his obligations. The book was received with enthusiasm. His most recent novel is Drarrie in de nacht (Drarrie in the night; Vrijdag, 2014), which won the Arkprijs van het Vrije Woord (a Flemish prize for individuals who champion freedom of thought and expression) in 2015 and was nominated for the Gouden Boekenuil ( a Belgian prize for Dutch-language literature).

El Azzouzi is part of the theatre company SINCOLLECTIEF. December 2012 saw the premiere of his play IJdele dagen (Vain Days).  A year later, in collaboration with the theatre group t,arsenaal, he created the production Troost (Consolation), directed by Michael De Cock. He received the annual prize for Flemish playwrights for this work. His most recent play is Reizen Jihad (Jihad Travel; 2015).

In March-April 2015, El Azzouzi will spend four weeks in Ledig House in New York State as part of an exchange programme between Passa Porta and  Omi International Arts Centre


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