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Granta Video: Nadifa Mohamed


Granta Best of Young British Novelist 4: Nadifa Mohamed from Granta magazine on Vimeo.

In the second of three specially commissioned short films celebrating Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists 4, we introduce you to Nadifa Mohamed, who was born in Somalia and raised in South London. Mohamed’s first novel Black Mamba Boy (which was shortlisted for numerous prizes and won the Betty Trask Award) was inspired by the life of her father who was forced to leave Somalia and set out on an odyssey that brought him to the UK. Here we join her as she explores Shepherd’s Bush Market, where there is a large Somali community, hear about her next novel (excerpted in the issue) and learn why she wants to be the griot, or storyteller, of the London she grew up in.

You can also watch the first in this series of short films, on Adam Foulds.

Commissioned in collaboration with the British Council.

Directed and produced by The Film Atelier.

For more about the author, including critical perspectives and in-depth biographies, visit the British Council’s web pages on Nadifa Mohamed.

Upcoming events featuring Nadifa Mohamed:

Kwani Trust and British Council will collaborate with Granta to host a week of literary events in Nairobi between 19th-23rd June 2013.

The joint week of literary programming will include a launch of the latest Granta issue, Best of Young British Novelists 4, a three-day writing workshop, readings by visiting writers Nadifa Mohamed and Adam Foulds at Daystar University and a symposium based on related work by Kwani Trust. Nadifa Mohammed and Adam Foulds will read their pieces from the latest Granta issue joined by Kenyan writers published by Kwani Trust on 23rd June 2013 at a Sunday Salon event at The Elephant (formerly Kifaru Gardens). The two writers will also tutor at a writing workshop led by Granta’s Deputy Editor Ellah Allfrey and joined by Kwani Trust’s Managing Editor, Billy Kahora from 19th-21st June 2013. 15 selected emerging Kenyan writers will join visiting writers from Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Nigeria for the workshop and other literary events.

For further information, please contact: Velma Kiome, General Manager, Kwani Trust on

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