Book presentation: The Orchard of Lost Souls, by Nadifa Mohamed


Chaired by Saynab Mahamud.

Somalilandsun – Kayd Somali arts and Culture would like to invite you to a conversation with Nadifa Mohamed who will present her new novel “The Orchard of Lost Souls”, Saturday, 5th of October, 6pm, Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG.

Set in 1988 in Hargeysa, the novel revolves around the everyday experiences of three women who lived through some extraordinary times. Despite their very different life situations, the fact they are women living through a war creates a commonality between them. Nine-year-old Deqo has left the refugee camp she was born in, lured to the city by the promise of acquiring her first pair of shoes. Kawsar, a solitary widow, is trapped in her little house with its garden clawed from the desert, confined to her bed after a savage beating in the local police station. Filsan, a young female soldier, has moved from Mogadishu to suppress the rebellion growing in the north. And as the country is unravelled by a civil war that will shock the world, the fates of the three women are twisted irrevocably together.

Join us for a conversation with Nadifa which promises to be instightful and moving as she tells us more about her second novel.

Nadifa Mohamed is a Somali-British novelist. Moved to London with her family in 1986, Nadifa and her family intended to stay temporary but since the war broke in her motherland, they end up staying for good. She later studied History and Politics at Oxford University.Nadifa’s first novel, Black Mamba Boy; it was longlisted for the Orange Prize, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and the PEN Open Book Award. It won the Betty Trask Prize. In 2013 Nadifa was selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists.

Free event. All welcome.