Randa Abdel-Fattah + Sara El Sayed + Amani Haydar + Michael Mohammed Ahmad
slq Auditorium 2, level 2, State Library
#About the event
Duration: 60 minutes
In their fiction and nonfiction, these writers present unflinching and sometimes heartbreaking depictions of families. Join them as they discuss the rise of Arab-Australian writing and their latest works.
Panel: Amani Haydar, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Randa Abdel-Fattah
Chair: Sara El Sayed
Randa Abdel-Fattah is a Palestinian Egyptian Muslim writer, academic, anti-racism and Palestine advocate, former lawyer and the multi-award-winning author of 13 books published in over 20 countries. She is the series editor of the forthcoming new children’s book series Our Stories (2022, Pan Macmillan). Her first picture story book, 11 Words for Love, illustrated by Maxine Beneba Clarke, is due for release in 2022 (Hachette). Randa is also a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University where she researches Islamophobia, race, social justice movements and youth identities. Randa lives in Sydney with her husband and four children.
Sara El Sayed
Sara El Sayed is a writer based in Meanjin (Brisbane). In 2020 she received a Queensland Writers Fellowship, and was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Award. Her debut memoir, Muddy People, is out now.
Amani Haydar is an award-winning artist, writer and advocate for women's health and safety based in Western Sydney. Her memoir The Mother Wound (Pan Macmillan) released 2021, explores the personal and political dimensions of abuse and inter-generational trauma and been shortlisted for the 2022 Victorian Premier's Literary Award. In 2021, Amani received the UTS Law Alumni Award and, in 2020, she was named NSW Local Woman of The Year for Bankstown in recognition of her advocacy against gender-based violence. Using visual art and writing to tell stories and activate empathy, Amani's work has been featured in several exhibitions and publications including the 2018 Archibald Prize, Sweatshop Women Volume Two, SBS Voices and ABC News Online.
Michael Mohammed Ahmad
Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad is the founding director of Sweatshop Literacy Movement and editor of After Australia (Affirm Press, 2020). His debut novel, The Tribe (Giramondo, 2014), won the 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelists of the Year Award. His second novel, The Lebs (Hachette, 2018) received the 2019 NSW Premier's Multicultural Literary Award and was shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Award. His latest novel is The Other Half of You (Hachette, 2021).