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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.


August 13th UK Publication of The Kindness of Enemies

August 18th Launch Event at Waterstones Aberdeen

August 21st The Edinburgh International Book Festival

August 26th The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

September 12th The Berlin International Festival of Literature

September 26th Small Wonder – The Short Story Festival Continue reading


*****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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