Leila Aboulela is a Sudanese author and the first winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. Her latest novel, The Kindness of Enemies, according to the literary blog, Brittlepaper,‘reprises her acclaimed success at pushing the boundaries of contemporary forms of African storytelling.’

Leila’s work has received critical recognition and a high profile for its distinctive exploration of identity, migration and Islamic spirituality. Her novels, The Translator, a New York Times 100 Notable Books of the year, Minaret and Lyrics Alley, were all long listed for the Orange Prize. Lyrics Alley was Fiction Winner of the Scottish Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize.

Leila has written several radio plays for the BBC and her collection of short stories, Coloured Lights, was shortlisted for the MacMillan Silver PEN Award. Her work has been translated into 14 languages. Leila grew up in Khartoum and now lives in Aberdeen.www.leila-aboulela.com