Lubna Al Balushi
Lubna Al Balushi, 31, is probably the frist Omani poet who has ever written in German. She studied German at the Goethe Institut in Muscat and won a scholarship to continue her studies in Freiburg, Germany. Back in Oman, she worked on her German skills on her own - and fell so deeply in love with the sounds and rhythms of this language that she started to use it to express her feelings. Her booklet "Schönheit des Herzens", Beauty of the Heart, is an exquisite collection of 54 poems, that opens up a "window" - as we say in German - to her soul. Now she has started to write in English as well to reach a broader audience.
Lubna has an MBA from the University of Bradford and works for a Swiss company in the Omani capital.
And: She loves the colour Pink. Pink, she says, is the colour of women, of beauty and happiness, and it is the colour of falling in love. She loves to dress in Pink and to think Pink - even more so, whenever she has been confronted with the darker sides of life .