Layla AlAmmar is an up and coming Muslim writer and this year’s British Council Writer in Residence at Charleston’s Small Wonder Short Story Festival. She joined us in September at The Writers’ Place for a special one-off conversation with Sharon Duggal.
Layla has been writing since a young age but has only taken it to a professional level in recent years when she completed a Master’s in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. In 2017 she was signed by a literary agent in the US after responding to an open call on Twitter for submissions by Muslim writers, to counter President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban.
Her debut novel The Pact We Made is set in Kuwait where Layla lives and works. It will be published by Borough Press next spring and will be the first of the novels discovered through the open call to find a publisher.