Leila Aboulela

 Leila Aboulela was the first winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing. Her latest books include the short story collection, 'Elsewhere, Home' and the novel, 'The Kindness of Enemies' based on the life of Imam Shamil.  

Leila’s fiction 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, and 'Minaret and Lyrics Alley' were all long-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. 

She has written several radio plays for the BBC and her work has been translated into 15 languages. Leila grew up in Khartoum and now lives in Scotland.