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British-Somali Writer Diriye Osman Wins Polari First Book Prize For Debut Book About The LGBT Experience

British-Somali writer Diriye Osman wins Polari First Book Prize for 'Fairytales for Lost Children,' his debut book about the LGBT experience.


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The Polari First Book Prize is awarded to a British author whose debut book explores the LGBT experience. Submissions can be poetry, fiction or non-fiction, print or digital self published works, as long as they were published in the UK in English within the twelve months of the deadline for submissions (in this case February 1st, 2014). One month after this year's shortlist was announced, the 2014 prize has been awarded to British-Somali short story writer, essayist, critic and visual artist Diriye Osman for his collection of short stories, Fairytales for Lost Children. Told across different narrators from Kenya, Somalia, and South London, Osman's stories look at gender and being young, lesbian, and gay in cultures where it's not often discussed. Osman's Fairytales were first published in September 2013. "Writing as a black gay African man from a Muslim background," the prize's Chair of judges Paul Burston said, "Osman dazzled us with the wide range of literary voices in this stunning short story collection."

Fairytales for Lost Children is available to purchase here (US). Watch and listen to Osman read from "Shoga," one of the stories from Fairytales for Lost Children narrated by a Somali teenager whose interest in his grandmother's houseboy has an impact on the entire family, in the video and stream below.

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How You Can Help Nigeria’s #EndSARS Protests

We round up some ways you can support the movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

Widespread protests against Nigeria's notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) are becoming more of a revolution. The movement is an outcry from youths demanding a general reform of the country, majorly characterized by poor governance, with a focus on the harassment and assaults committed by SARS. The movement has been raging through the city of Lagos for the past three weeks, as protesters home and abroad have taken to the streets in masses to express their keen dissatisfaction.

Hashtags like #EndSARS, #EndPoliceBrutality, and #EndBadGovernanceInNigeria have brandished across all social media platforms to amplify the voices of the youth people fighting back. These hashtags have, in turn, gained traction with the help of celebrities like singers Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Beyoncé, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and many others. Nigerian stars, Falz, Runtown, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and many more also joined in the movement, as many of them took to the streets with placards.

To date, the peacefully protesting Nigerians' needs have not been met. With said needs not being satisfied as they demand justice for lives lost due to the brutal and corrupt practices of police officers.

We have rounded up some ways you can support this movement and its cause, no matter where you are in the world.

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