Amal Awad

Writer in Sydney, Australia

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I wear many hats, but they're all word-friendly - writer, author and journalist. I'm frequently called on to write and speak about issues of society, religion and popular culture.

I've addressed festivals, universities, youth groups and community organisations, and have had the lucky opportunity to do some national radio, including RN Life Matters and The Drawing Room with Waleed Aly and Nikki Gemmell(!). Incidentally, Nikki Gemmell has written a very generous endorsement of my new book, Beyond Veiled Cliches - The Real Lives of Arab Women (Penguin Random House 2017).

I have been a columnist for popular Muslim women’s website Aquila Style, and a regular contributor to Australian websites Daily Life, ABC Religion and Ethics, and The Vine. I've also been published in Frankie magazine and The Sydney Morning Herald.

My debut novel Courting Samira – a tale of Muslim courtship and coming of age in the modern era – was selected as a semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. My second book is a non-fiction collection of columns and fresh material, called The Incidental Muslim. My second novel, This Is How You Get Better, is a sequel to Courting Samira.

I also contributed to the anthology Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia (Allen & Unwin, 2014).

My next book is on ageing in Australia. It's called Fridays With My Folks and will be published by Penguin Random House in 2019.

  • Work
    • Journalist, writer and author
  • Education
    • University of Technology, Sydney