CANCELLED: Contemporary Somali Culture
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Panel discussion reflecting on contemporary Somali culture with Somali-British novelist Nadifa Mohamed, journalist Ismail Einashe, architect Rashid Ali and other special guests to be announced shortly. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session.
Nadifa Mohamed was born in Hargeisa but moved to England in 1986, staying permanently when war broke out in Somalia. She lives in London and her first novel, Black Mamba Boy, based on her father’s memories of his travels in the 1930s, was published in 2010. It was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Dylan Thomas Prize and shortlisted for the John Llewellyn-Rhys Memorial Prize and the Guardian First Book Award. It won the 2010 Betty Trask Prize.
Ismail Einashe is a freelance journalist. He is a research fellow at the University of Oslo where he is working on comparative migration. He has written for several publications, including Prospect, The White Review and the Economist. He has worked for BBC Radio Current Affairs and has written and presented for BBC Radio 4. He is also a contributor to Arise News. He studied at Cambridge University and the University of London. He fled the civil war in Somalia arriving in Britain aged 10 and grew up in London.
Rashid Ali was born in Hargeisa, and studied Architecture at the Bartlett School, UCL, and City Design and Social Science at the London School of Economics. He has been widely recognised for his architecture and research output, and has twice been short-listed for the prestigious Young Architect of the Year Award. He has been featured in international publications and his work exhibited at the Architecture Foundation’s London Festival of Architecture, amongst others. Ali is Associate Lecturer at the University of Liverpool School of Arts. His exhibition Mogadishu – Lost Moderns is currently exhibiting at The Mosaic Rooms.