I discovered a few poems by the Somalia-born poetress Ladan Osman. Last year she was awarded the annual Sillerman First Book Prize. This was due to her book The Kitchen Dweller’s Testimony.
I do not know how the eating and the drinking and the literary have been divided during the programme. It is clear that the last installment was the literary part. The speaker was Dinaw Mengestu, the Ethiopia-born writer. He read from his last book and he talked about it while people were eating and drinking … Continue reading eat, drink and be literary
Leila Aboulela takes me straight into the life of a woman on the edge of the world of Sudan and Scotland, on the edge of islam and the modern western world. Sammar is a translator at a university in Scotland, she works with her boss Rae Isles, an islam- specialist. He has written a book … Continue reading review THE TRANSLATOR