Futures, Connection and Faith: Leila Aboulela and Nadine Aisha Jassat

Sunday 22 November | 10:30-11:30

Edinburgh Panel Event / Author Reading Adults

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This Book Week Scotland, we have teamed up with Interfaith Scotland to bring you this event featuring Leila Aboulela and Nadine Aisha Jassat. Leila and Nadine will be discussing the future, connections and connectivity, and the role faith and interfaith plays in their creative processes.

Leila Aboulela is the author of five novels, Bird Summons, The Translator, The Kindness of Enemies, Minaret and Lyrics Alley (Fiction Winner of the Scottish Book Awards). Leila was the first winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing and her latest story collection, Elsewhere, Home won the Saltire Fiction Book of the Year Award. She was long-listed three times for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her plays The Insider, The Mystic Life and others were broadcast on BBC Radio and her fiction included in publications such as Freeman’s, Granta and Harper’s.

Nadine Aisha Jassat is an award-winning writer and the author of Let Me Tell You This (404 Ink). Her poetry, narrative non-fiction, and short stories feature widely online and in print, including in the celebrated anthology It’s Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race.She has performed her work internationally and has drawn significant acclaim, including being named by Scotland’s Makar Jackie Kay in her official selection of 10 Compelling ‘BAME’ writers working in the UK, as part of the British Council and National Centre for Writing’s International Literature Showcase.

Leila and Nadine are joined by chair Jill Stevens.

This event is a pre-recorded film. Book your ticket now to ensure you receive a link to watch live or on demand.

Accessibility information: British Sign Language, closed captions and a transcript are available.

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Scottish Book Trust

55 High Street


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