The Story of the Abushady Archive,” MELA Notes, Middle East Librarians Association, Chicago, IL [PDF archive]


“The Lost Narratives of A.Z. Abushady, Poet and Bee Master,” by Joy Garnett, will appear in Cultural Entanglement in the Pre-Independence Arab World: Arts, Thought, and Literature, edited by Anthony Gorman and Sarah Irving. Published by I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury with chapters by Ami Ayalon, Raph Cormack, Alia Mossallam, Elena Chiti, Yasmine Taan, Hussam Raafat, Joy Garnett, Sarah H Awad and Idriss Jebari. (Cover painting by Egyptian Greek artist Giorgis Dimou: ‘Dancing in Cafe’ 1948). The material draws on a workshop held at the Centre for Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW), University of Edinburgh.


The short piece ‘Pollen and Fragments: The Poetry and Beekeeping of A. Z. Abushâdy with images from the eponymous series appears in the March 2020 issue of Cultural Politics, Volume 16, Issue 1.

Cultural Politics, published by Duke University Press, examines the political ramifications of global cultural productions across artistic and academic disciplines. Each issue features one or more pieces by visual artists.



Facts Become the Enemy: Art and Archives. A Conversation with Joy Garnett on The Bee Kingdom” on 3 Quarks Daily (Feb. 2019). An interview by Berlin-based artist and writer Andrea Scrima about the long-term project The Bee Kingdom. Read the full interview here.


AZ Abushady: Revolutionary Egyptian Poet, Feminist, Beekeeper, and More.” An interview with artist and writer Joy Garnett by Marcia Lynx Qualey in ArabLit (Aug. 2013), on a book she is writing about her grandfather, Ahmed Zaki Abushady, the Egyptian poet and bee scientist. Read full interview here.



Joy Garnett: Cross-Pollination. [Cross-Pollination | Baraza – PDF] This week on Baraza (Nov. 2014), we’re buzzing with excitement over Joy Garnett’s essay on the archive of her maternal grandfather, the well-known Egyptian poet and beekeeper Ahmed Zaki Abushady. Edited by Rosa Klein-Baer, Garnett’s piece explores some of the cross-pollination between Abushady’s diverse intellectual, artistic, and scientific pursuits.” Read full article here.

Joy Garnett: “Blazing the Trail: A.Z. Abushady and The Apis Club,” Bee World, Vol.91, no.3 (Sept. 2014), International Bee Research Association (IBRA), Cardiff, Wales. “A.Z. Abushady was the founder of the Apis Club at Benson in Oxfordshire. He was the first editor of its journal which was first published in June 1919. That journal is this journal, Bee World. Here, from a manuscript in progress, his granddaughter gives some insight into the life of this interesting man.” Download PDF here.


Joy Garnett: “Alone in the Archive,” Ibraaz Platform for discussion 006 (Nov. 2013): “What role can the archive play in developing and sustaining a critical and culturally located art history?” Read full article here.

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