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  • Leila Aboulela: River Spirit

    What – and who – are we willing to sacrifice for our beliefs? Set in Sudan amidst the political and spiritual turmoil of the late 1800s, award-winning Sudanese author Leila Aboulela’s latest novel, River Spirit, is historical fiction at its finest – a revelatory and sweeping story of a people and nation in search of liberation, timeless in both its themes and characters. Praised by Nobel Prize in Literature-winner Abdulrazak Gurnah for her “extraordinary sympathy and insight”, Aboulela takes to the stage with Hafsa Lodi to discuss religion, revolution, and the unrelenting hope which carves itself into the lives of those fighting for freedom.


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Hafsa Lodi

Hafsa Lodi

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