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Hafsa Zayyan talks to Sameer Rahim

We Are all Birds of Uganda and Sorrowland

Hay Festival 2021, 

In 1960s Uganda, Hasan is struggling to run his family business after the sudden death of his wife. Just as he begins to see a way forward, a new regime seizes power, and a wave of prejudice threatens to sweep away everything he has built.

In present-day London, Sameer, a young high-flying lawyer, senses an emptiness in what he thought was the life of his dreams. Called back to his family home by tragedy, he begins to find the missing pieces of himself not in his future plans, but in a past he never knew. We Are all Birds of Uganda, co-winner of the Merky Books New Writers' Prize, moves between two continents to explore racial tensions, generational divides and what it means to belong.

Hafsa talks to Sameer Rahim of Prospect.

Hafsa Zayyan talks to Sameer Rahim