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An evening with Sudanese authors Ahmad Al Malik, Hammour Ziada and Tarek Eltayeb

Tuesday 14th June 19:00 at London - Piccadilly

Three of the country's acclaimed and inspiring authors discuss Sudan's flourishing and changing Arabic literary scene today

With readings from the authors' works, all translated from Arabic, in Banipal 55 – Sudanese Literature Today

Ahmad al Malik is a prolific novelist and storyteller who combines folklore and myths with a keen sense of humour and a desire to communicate. A teacher and journalist, born in 1967, he is from Argo island on the river Nile, and now lives in The Netherlands. His fourth novel, Autumn Comes with Safaa (2003), unravels, through his critical and poetic observations, the recent decades of Sudan’s civil war, and is now published also in Dutch and French translation. He lives in Amsterdam.

Hammour Ziada, born in Khartoum in 1977, is author of several works of fiction – novels and short stories. His second novel, The Longing of the Dervish, won the 2014 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Arabic Literature, the first for a Sudanese writer, and was shortlisted for the 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction. In this novel, set in 19th-century Sudan, he writes stories of the “country of the men with burnt faces”, “stories of their sufferings, dreams, ambitions, defeats, history, and legends”. Award-winning translator Jonathan Wright's eagerly-awaited translation is due to be published by the American University in Cairo imprint Hoopoe Fiction later this year. Hammour currently lives in Cairo.

Tarek Eltayeb has published novels, collections of short stories, poetry, and plays. Born in Cairo to Sudanese parents he has lived in Vienna since 1984. He has two novels in English translation, Cities without Palms (2009), a highly topical tale of young Hamza’s desperate attempt to escape famine and disease by starting an odyssey of travel and migration, and its sequel The Palm House (2012), where Hamza struggles in Vienna against marginalisation, with both translated by Kareem James Abu-Zeid.


Copies of Banipal 55 will be on sale on the night, or can be bought online at

Hosted by Waterstones and Banipal & supported by The International Prize for Arabic Fiction

This event is free but please reserve your place in store, by telephoning 020 7851 2400 or emailing
London - Piccadilly Waterstones, London - Piccadilly
Tuesday 14th June 19:00

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