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Leila Aboulela won the first Caine Prize for African Writing. She is the author of four novels, a collection of short stories and several radio plays. Her novels, The Translator, a New York Times 100 Notable Books of the Year, Minaret, and Lyrics Alley, were all long listed for the Orange Prize. Lyrics Alley was Fiction Winner of the Scottish Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize. Leila’s book of short stories Coloured Lights was short-listed for the MacMillan Silver PEN award. Her work has been translated into 14 languages. She grew up in Khartoum and now lives in Aberdeen.


October 3rd Wigtown Book Festival

September 26th Small Wonder – The Short Story Festival

September 12th The Berlin International Festival of Literature

August 26th The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

August 21st The Edinburgh International Book Festival

August 18th Launch Event at Waterstones Aberdeen

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*****Review of The Kindness of Enemies in The Independent

*****Allan Massie reviews The Kindness of Enemies in The Scotsman

*****Robin Yassin-Kassab reviews Lyrics Alley in Wasafiri.
*****Review of Lyrics Alley in The Economist. In the Boston Globe And in the New York Times
*****Review by Anita Sethi in the Sunday Telegraph and by Aminatta Forna in the Financial Times
*****Interview with Donna Walters Kozberg in Publisher’s Weekly
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