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Banipal Visiting Writer Fellow Lecture: Writing the Homeland from Exile
Sudanese author Hammour Ziada is the Banipal Visiting Writer Fellow 2020.
Hammour Ziada is award-winning Sudanese author and journalist, who was born in Khartoum in 1977. He worked for charitable and civil society organisations, and was a journalist for Sudanese newspapers, including Al-Mustaqilla, Ajras al-Horriya, and Al-Jarida. He was Chief Editor of the cultural section of the Sudanese Al-Akhbar. He is the author of several works of fiction: A Life Story from Omdurman (short stories, 2008), Al-Kunj (a novel, 2010 and 2015), Sleeping at the Foot of the Mountain (short stories, 2014). His second novel, The Longing of the Dervish (2014), won the 2014 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature and was shortlisted for the 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) Aka Arabic Booker. It is excerpted in Banipal 52 – New Fiction with the agreement of IPAF, and was published in English translation by Jonathan Wright with Hoopoe Fiction in 2016 as part of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal award. Hammour Ziada’s latest novel is Al-Gharaq (The Drowning) (2018), published by Dar al-Ain, Cairo, Egypt. Sudanese film director Amjad Abu Alala was inspired by Hammour Ziada’s short story Sleeping at the Foot of the Mountain (the title story of his short story collection) to adapt it to film. The film –You Will Die at 20 – was screened in September 2019 at the 76th Venice International Film Festival and received the Lion of the Future (Luigi de Laurentiis) Award for Best Debut Feature.
The Banipal Visiting Writer Fellowship is based on the three cornerstones that form the core of Banipal magazine: that Arab literature is an essential part of world culture and human civilisation; that dialogue between different cultures needs to be continually deepened; and that the joy and enlightenment to be gained from reading beautiful poetry and imaginative writing is an integral part of human existence.
Copies of Hammour's second novel, The Longing of the Dervish (2014) can be found in the fiction section of the College Library.
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