Amal Awad

Sydney, Australia

I wear many hats, but they're all word-friendly - writer, author and journalist. As an Australian-born Palestinian and Muslim, 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(!).

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 quarter-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 latest book, 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).

Currently I'm working on a few projects, including my next novel and a screenplay.

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