Marlborough Literature Festival 2018 Events
27 – 30 September
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Leila Aboulela – Elsewhere, Home
September 29, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm£10.00
Leila Aboulela is at the forefront of a new wave of British Muslim writers. Born to an Egyptian mother and a Sudanese father, she currently lives in Aberdeen, after growing up in Khartoum and living in Jakarta, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha. Not surprisingly, her work explores global notions of identity and migration.
Her latest book, Elsewhere, Home is a collection of short stories that deftly captures the search for home in the overlapping worlds of Africa, Britain and the Middle East.
A Scottish man working in a kebab shop desperately tries to reconcile Islam’s place in his fragile relationship with his girlfriend; a lonely housewife fascinated with a famous writer finds her own voice in Abu Dhabi. It’s a wide-sweeping collection, taking us from the blustery streets of Aberdeen to the high rises of the Gulf.
“The emigrant and immigrant experiences have always been part of our storytelling,” says AL Kennedy. “These beautifully focused tales of Khartoum, Edinburgh, London, Cairo and beyond are a delight.”