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.
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