Leila Aboulela (1964 -), (ليلى ابوالعلا) is a Sudanese writer and playwright. She writes in English.
Born in 1964 Cairo, Egypt, Leila Aboulela grew up in Khartoum, Sudan where she attended the Khartoum American School and Sister School. She graduated from Khartoum University in 1985 with a degree in Economics and was awarded an MSc and an MPhil degree in Statistics from the London School of Economics. She lived for many years in Aberdeen where she started to write while looking after her family; she currently (2010) lives in Doha.
She was awarded the first Caine Prize for African Writing in 2000 for her short story The Museum included in her collection of short stories Coloured Lights. The novel Lyrics Alley is set in 1950s Sudan and is inspired by the life of her uncle the poet Hassan Awad Aboulela who wrote the lyrics for many popular Sudanese songsHer novel The Translator was nominated for the Orange Prize and was chosen as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times in 2006. Her second novel Minaret was nominated for the Orange Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Award. Her latest novel Lyrics Alley is set in 1950s Sudan and is inspired by the life of her uncle the poet Hassan Awad Aboulela who wrote the lyrics for many popular Sudanese songs.
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