Abushady is best known for launching and editing the experimental Arabic poetry journal Apollo (1932–34) and for founding "Apollo's Society," a group of poets hailing from Egypt and across the Arab world whose unprecedented approaches to poetry ushered in the Modernist era in Arabic poetry.
Trained in London as a physician and bacteriologist, Abushady became interested in beekeeping, co-operative movements and agricultural reform. He founded The Apis Club, a large apiary, school and research station, at Port Hill House in Benson, Oxfordshire. He held four patents to bee hive improvements, including a patent for a removable aluminum honeycomb granted in 1919.
Abushady founded and edited two important bee science journals. The first was Bee World, launched in 1919 and published by The Apis Club. Bee World continues publication today through the International Bee Research Association (IBRA) in Cardiff, Wales.
After his return to Egypt in 1922, Abushady launched and edited The Bee Kingdom (bilingual in English and Arabic), published by The Mokattam Press, Cairo (1930-1938).
Abushady’s vision for a truly contemporary Egypt found expression in his modernization efforts in both bee husbandry and poetry. He believed that the bee held secrets to achieving cultural harmony, and that poetry could bridge political gaps within and between nations.
The Bee Kingdom includes an extensive visual archive of photographs, ephemera, drawings and paintings by Abushady and his circle.
Joy Garnett, Brooklyn, NY, July 2013