Laila Abdullah (formerly known as Laila al-Baloushi) is an Omani writer, born in 1982. She has previously published a blog called I Breathe Calmly and had a weekly column in some Omani and Arab newspapers, including the Emirati “Al-Ru’ya”, the Omani “Al-Ru’ya” and the London-based “Al-Arab”. In 2014, she published two books: Hypothetical Love Letters between Henry Miller and Anais Nin and Worries of the World’s Room, which won the 2015 Muscat Prize for the best collection of articles. In 2016, she published a short story collection entitled My Narrative Beings, which won the Muscat Short Story Prize of that year. Her book A Sofa, a Book and a Cup of Coffee, about reading, was published under her new writing name in 2018. She is also the author of two children’s books and a novel, Pharoah’s Notebook (2018). Some of her poetry has been translated into several languages, including Polish and Spanish.