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Nadifa Mohamed’s Third Novel, The Fortune Men, Based on the True Story of Mahmood Mattan’s Wrongful Execution in Wales, Set for 2021 Release

The publishing press Viking has acquired the Somali writer Nadifa Mohamed’s third novel, The Fortune Men, set in 1950s Cardiff and based on the real-life wrongful murder accusation and execution of a Somali man, Mahmood Mattan. The book—with UK and Commonwealth (excluding Canada) rights secured by Viking’s Mary Mount from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein […]

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Why Ina’Xaashi Uses Fashion, Writing & Photography to Explore Cultural Belonging for the Somali Diaspora

In January, the Somali-British writer Hoda Hashi wrote an essay for OkayAfrica in which she details how traditional Somali clothing, in this case the dirac, helps her feel and explore her culture and belongingness. Like most second-generation Somalis living outside the country, Hashi has grappled with identity, her understanding shaped by her race and religion. In […]

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Read Chapter One of Nuruddin Farah’s New Novel, North of Dawn

Celebrated Somali writer Nuruddin Farah’s new novel will be out on 4 December 2018. The 384-page North of Dawn—described as “a provocative, devastating story of love, loyalty, and national identity that asks whether it is ever possible to escape a legacy of violence”—is forthcoming from Penguin Random House and is the 72-year-old’s 14th novel. North of Dawn has been […]

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Safy-Hallan Farah’s Zine Project, 1991, Aims to Re-present Contemporary Somali Literary and Visual Culture

Somali writer Safy-Hallan Farah is a believer in the vivacity of cultures and storytelling. A journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, Nylon, and Paper, she decided to start a new project dedicated to re-presenting contemporary Somali culture through coverage of the writing and images of the country’s diaspora artists and intellectuals. The magazine, 1991, is co-founded with Vietnamese […]

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Nuruddin Farah’s 14th Novel, North Of Dawn, Explores the Lives of Somali Immigrants in Norway and Experiences of Religion and Jihadism

Celebrated Somali writer Nuruddin Farah’s new novel will be out on 4 December 2018. The 384-page North of Dawn, forthcoming from Penguin Random House, is the 72-year-old’s 14th novel. One of the best-acclaimed writers on the global stage, and one considered a perennial nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Nuruddin Farah’s other novels include: From a Crooked […]

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Ahmed Ismail Yusuf’s Story Collection, The Lion’s Binding Oath, Shows Somalis Living and Loving in a Time of War

Earlier this week, we brought news of Reneilwe Malatji’s short story collection Love Interrupted, published by Catalyst Press. But it isn’t the only book that Catalyst Press has released in recent months: in June, they also published another short story collection, The Lion’s Binding Oath by Ahmed Ismail Yusuf. Although the stories in The Lion’s Binding Oath are […]

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The Aspen Words Literary Prize is open for entry as of today. The $35,000 prize annually rewards an “influential work […]

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July 10 _ Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwas on Conversations Across the Diaspora

Sarah Ladipo Manyika, author of In Dependence (2008) and Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun (2016), has teamed up […]

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year in the British Book Awards

  Bernardine Evaristo’s winning streak continues as she dominates two categories of the 2020 British Book Awards: Best Fiction Book […]

Apply for the 2020 Morland Writing Scholarship | £27,000 for Nonfiction, £18,000 Fiction

Apply for the 2020 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship

The Miles Morland Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Morland African Writing Scholarships. The awards offer a fiction […]

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity | Here is How to Nominate Someone

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity _ Here is How to Nominate Someone

Nominations for The Nigeria Prize for Difference & Diversity is officially open. The new prize, co-presented by digital media platform […]

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