Episode 5

Published on:

12th Dec 2021

Leila Aboulela: Writing Muslim Lives

Sudanese writer Leila Aboulela spoke with host Bhakti Shringarpure about East African and Sudanese literature, about Abdulrazak Gurnah's Nobel prize win, on writing about Muslim lives and Muslim cultures, and the ways in which the exciting shifts in readership across the Muslim world are shifting publishing paradigms. She commented on the ways in which the events of 9/11 and the ensuing wars altered the reception of books by her and other Muslim authors.

Leila Aboulela is a writer from Sudan and currently lives in Aberdeen, Scotland. She has published five novels, two short story collections and many radio plays. She was the first every recipient of the Caine Prize for African Writing in the year 2000 for her short story "The Museum" and her novels have been long-listed for the Women's Prize for Fiction. Aboulela's short-story collection Elsewhere, Home was the winner of the 2018 Saltire Fiction Book of the Year Award.

Bhakti Shringarpure is the Creative Director of the Radical Books Collective and the host for their BookRising podcast.

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Radical Books Collective creates an alternative, inclusive and non-commercial approach to books and reading. Radical books stimulate our imaginations to advance transformative futures. Radical books expose structures of oppression and chart creative paths forward. Such books alter our understanding of historical events, amplify the voices of marginalized groups, and account for the costs of persecution and repression. The Radical Books Collective organizes virtual book clubs, book and author events and immersive seminars on foundational radical books.
Bhakti Shringarpure is a writer, editor and educator. She co-founded Warscapes magazine and is now the Creative Director of the Radical Books Collective.

Meg Arenberg is a writer, scholar and translator from Swahili into English. She is the Managing Editor of the Radical Books Collective.

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