Mansour Mohammad El Souwaim
Mansour Mohammad El Souwaim (1970) is a Sudanese writer, editor and journalist. He was born in Nyala in southern Darfur. He lives and works in Khartoum. El Souwaim started writing in 1990 and was first published in 1995. He has released two novels and two collections of short stories to date. His first novel was called Tukhoum Ar-Ramad (The Boundaries of Ash). His second novel Dhakirat Shirrir received the Tayeb Salih Award for Creative Writing, named after the famous Sudanese novelist. In 2009, El Souwaim attended the inaugural IPAF Nadwa (writers’ workshop). In 2010, he was one of the Beirut39, a group of 39 Arab writers under the age of 40 chosen through a contest organized by Banipal magazine and the Hay Festival. In 2011, El Souwaim received an AFAC (Arab Fund for Arts and Culture) grant for his project, a historical novel entitled The Last Sultan.