The Youth of God - In Conversation with Hassan Ghedi Santur

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In Conversation with Hassan Ghedi Santur and Nadifa Mohamed FRSL

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Date & Time: Saturday 28th September, 13:30 - 14:30 with networking and book signing till 17:00

Venue: Alumni Lecture theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

Chair: Nadifa Mohamed FRSL, British/Somali novelist

The Youth of God tells the story of Nuur, a sensitive and academically gifted seventeen-year-old boy growing up in Toronto’s Somali neighbourhood, as he negotiates perilously between the calling of his faith and his intellectual ambitions. Trying to influence him are a radical Muslim imam and a book-loving, dedicated teacher who shares his background. In its telling, this novel reveals the alienated lives of Somali youth in an environment riddled with crime and unemployment, while still in the grip of bitter memories of a home left behind. This intensely moving novel is also a powerful allegory of the struggle for the soul of Islam in modern times.

Hassan Ghedi Santur emigrated from Somalia to Canada at age thirteen. He has a BA in English Literature and an MFA from York University, and an MA from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He has worked as a radio journalist for CBC radio. In 2010, he published his debut novel Something Remains, followed by Maps of Exile, an exploration of the plight of African migrants in Europe. He is currently working on his third novel, Other Worlds, Other Lives.

Join us for the book launch and a discussion with the author chaired by Nadifa Mohamed and hosted by the Royal African Society.

Copies of The Youth of God by Hassan Ghedi Santur will be on sale at the event.

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General Admission: £3.000 online booking, £6.00 at the door

RAS Members: Free

When registering, please consider making a donation to the Royal African Society to support the events series.

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Alumni Lecture Theatre, Paul Webley Wing

Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square

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WC1H 0XG

United Kingdom

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