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Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Writer, editor, and community arts worker in Western Sydney.

He has been the writing coordinator at Bankstown Youth Development Service and editor of Westside. He is both founder and director of Sweatshop, a literacy movement based in Western Sydney, which provides training and employment in creative and critical writing initiatives for people from culturally and liguistically diverse backgrounds. His work in community cultural development won him the Australia Council Kirk Robson Award in 2012. An account of Ahmad's work with Sweatshop was published by Omar J. Sakr in 'Literary Collective Director Michael Mohammed Ahmad'.

His debut novel, The Tribe, was published in 2014, and attempted to step beyond limited and simplistic images of Arab-Australian Muslims enforced by media reports. The novel, which Ahmad notes draws from traditional Arab oral storytelling, was adapted into a play for a single performer in 2015.

In 2017, Mohammed received a Doctorate of Creative Arts, Western Sydney University. His second novel, The Lebs, was published in February 2018.

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Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2019 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups $49,920
2016 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Australia Council Literature Board Grants Literature Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups $39,000.00
2012 recipient Kirk Robson Award

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon After Australia South Melbourne : Affirm Press , 2020 18716926 2020 anthology short story

'Climate catastrophe, police brutality, white genocide, totalitarian rule and the erasure of black history provide the backdrop for stories of love, courage and hope. In this unflinching new anthology, eleven of Australia’s most daring writers of colour provide a glimpse of Australia in the year 2050. Edited by Michael Mohammed Ahmad, awardwinning author of The Lebs. Featuring Ambelin Kwaymullina, Claire G. Coleman, Omar Sakr, Future D. Fidel, Karen Wyld, Sarah Ross, Zoya Patel, Michelle Law and Hannah Donnelly. Published in partnership with Diversity Arts Australia and Sweatshop Literacy Movement.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 finalist Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Anthology Division
2021 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Multicultural NSW
2021 longlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Literary Fiction Book designed by Josh Durham, Design by Committee
y separately published work icon The Big Black Thing : Chapter 2 Milperra : Sweatshop , 2018 15304027 2018 anthology poetry prose

'The Big Black Thing: Chapter. 2 is the second issue in a new series of prose and poetry by emerging and established writers from Indigenous, migrant and refugee backgrounds.'  (Publication summary)

2019 shortlisted Mascara Avant-garde Awards Anthology
y separately published work icon The Lebs Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2018 12178121 2018 single work novel young adult

''Bani Adam thinks he's better than us!' they say over and over until finally I shout back, 'Shut the fuck up, shut the fuck up, I have something to say!'

'They all go quiet and wait for me to explain myself, redeem myself, pull my shirt out, rejoin the pack. I hold their anticipation for three seconds, and then, while they're all ablaze, I say out loud, 'I do think I'm better.'

'Bani Adam is a student at Punchbowl Boys High School, which seems like the arse end of the earth, and the students don't seem to care. The Lebs control the school, and Bani feels at odds - a romantic in a sea of hyper-masculinity.

'Bani must come to terms with his place in a world of hostility and hopelessness - while dreaming of having so much more.'  (Publication summary)

2019 shortlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2019 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Multicultural NSW
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