This Is The Book: We Are All Birds of Uganda

Posted on 15th March 2021 by Mark Skinner

The inside story of the inaugural co-winner of the Merky Books New Writer's Prize.

Co-winner of the inaugural Merky Books New Writer's Prize, We Are All Birds of Uganda is the debut novel from Hafsa Zayyan. In this episode we find out how she entered this open-submission competition and the family history that fed into the idea for this story of displacement, home and identity. We also hear more about this publishing collaboration with Stormzy and why it is so important to enable people from under-represented communities to tell their story.

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Ranging across decades and continents, Zayyan’s debut novel is rooted in the brutal regime of Idi Amin’s Uganda yet opens up to make profound, compelling arguments about immigration and identity that sweep the reader along.
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