review DE AFRIKAANSE WEG


How many people have travelled from Cape to Cairo over the years? Some have become famous, some have stayed in the background. Some have travelled on foot, some used a pushbike, others used a car. Ton van der Lee has joined the long list of travellers. For the writer of this book Africa was not … Continue reading review DE AFRIKAANSE WEG

Review DOGSTAR RISING


This is the second book by Parker Bilal (pen name of Jamal Mahjoub) in his series about the private detective Makama. This man escaped from his native Sudan, worked as a policeman and now is a private detective in Cairo, where is considered an outsider. He lives on his own on a houseboat. His wife … Continue reading Review DOGSTAR RISING

‘Failure to bag a PhD led me to creative writing’


An unfulfilled desire can lead to another track in your life. The Sudanese / Egyptian writer Leila Aboulela. She studied abroad and wanted to move on to a Ph.D. in Statistics, her Masters was a first step. But she ended up with less figures and more words. Her life as a writer started. In this … Continue reading ‘Failure to bag a PhD led me to creative writing’

Leila Aboulela


The writer Leila Aboulela is an intercultural writer. She was raised in an Egyptian / Sudanese family, while living in Khartoum and spending holidays in Egypt. In later years she moved to Scotland where her husband had a job in the oil industry. In this interview she tells about her life and career.   

Selected Poem: Omdurman comes on the eight o’clock train


He already has four collections of poetry behind his name. That name is Kamal Aljizouli and he is Sudanese. To me it was interesting that his poetry has been translated into Russian and Ukrainian, not the most usual suspects. In this article you will find a translated poem written by Kamal.