Podcast: What’s In A Word? with Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Podcast: What’s In A Word? with Michael Mohammed Ahmad

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Michael joins us on the podcast to discuss the intricacies of being a ‘Leb’, and the essence of this word in modern Australian society. Although a work of fiction, his book is based on his very real life as a young Lebanese Australian man growing up in Sydney’s western suburbs. The Lebs is provocative, raw, and poignant, paying homage to the complexity of immigrant identity. 

Podcast guest: Michael Mohammed Ahmad

Michael Mohammed Ahmad is an Arab-Australian writer, editor, teacher and community arts worker. He is the founder and director of Sweatshop, a literacy movement in Western Sydney devoted to empowering culturally and linguistically diverse artists through creative writing. Mohammed’s essays and short stories have appeared in the Sydney Review of Books, The Guardian, Heat, Seizure, The Lifted Brow, The Australian and Coming of Age: Australian Muslim Stories. His debut novel, The Tribe, received a 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists of the Year Award. Mohammed received his Doctorate of Creative Arts at Western Sydney University in 2017.

Duration: 37 mins

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                      Publisher details

                      The Lebs
                      Author
                      Michael Mohammed Ahmad
                      Publisher
                      Hachette
                      Genre
                      Fiction
                      Released
                      27 February, 2018
                      ISBN
                      9780733639012

                      Synopsis

                      A confronting new novel from award winning Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Michael Mohammed Ahmad.'Bani Adam thinks he's better than us!' they say over and over until finally I shout back, 'Shut up, I have something to say!'They all go quiet and wait for me to explain myself, redeem myself, pull my shirt out, rejoin the pack. I hold their anticipation for three seconds, and then, while they're all ablaze, I say out loud, 'I do think I'm better.'As far as Bani Adam is concerned Punchbowl Boys is the arse end of the earth. Though he's a Leb and they control the school, Bani feels at odds with the other students, who just don't seem to care. He is a romantic in a sea of hypermasculinity.Bani must come to terms with his place in this hostile, hopeless world, while dreaming of so much more.
                      Michael Mohammed Ahmad
                      About the author

                      Michael Mohammed Ahmad

                      Michael Mohammed Ahmad is an Arab-Australian writer, editor, teacher and community arts worker. He is the founder and director of Sweatshop, a literacy movement in Western Sydney devoted to empowering culturally and linguistically diverse artists through creative writing. Mohammed's essays and short stories have appeared in the Sydney Review of Books, The Guardian, Heat, Seizure, The Lifted Brow, The Australian and Coming of Age: Australian Muslim Stories. His debut novel, The Tribe, received a 2015 Sydney Morning HeraldBest Young Australian Novelists of the Year Award. Mohammed received his Doctorate of Creative Arts at Western Sydney University in 2017.

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