Work by Sudan Editor and Contributor Lemya Shammat

Essayist, short-story writer, and critic Lemya Shammat has a PhD in English Language and Linguistics from Khartoum University and is an Assistant Professor at King Saud Bin Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A member of the Sudanese Writers Union, Shammat has published a book on literary criticism and discourse analysis as well as a collection of short-short stories. She also translates between English and Arabic, and her work appears in ArabLit Quarterly.

Work on ArabLit by Lemya Shammat:

Lemya Shammat Photograph: Bhakti Shringarpure

On Sudanese Playwright-Poet Adil Ibrahim Muhammed Khair

Khair’s shows make the slow-paced town and the dilapidated, decayed and history-laden theatre building pulse with energy and life, pumping lifeblood into the underfunded and cash-starved local performance arts.

Remembering Muhammad Wardi: Censored, Banned, and Beloved

For that reason, Wardi’s words have been at the forefront of the current Sudanese revolution. He’s recalled as a strong example of a great artist who proved strong and steadfast in opinions, words, and actions. His revolutionary-themed pieces, which document crucial chapters of Sudanese history, have been used as rallies’ chants and played on the sit-in site loudspeakers.

The Drip of Nectar: Poetry by Sudanese Icon Mohammed El-Makki Ibrahim

They seem to identify with the enlightening and inspirational poems to such a degree that these poems keep resonating down generations, stirring up the bittersweet, bringing them to their feet and to tears.

On Gender Stereotypes in Sudanese Fiction

“Malkat Addar Mohammad’s الفراغالعريض (The Wide Void) was the first novel by a Sudanese woman that was published in Arabic. Written in the early 1950s, it was only published in 1972.”

Kamal Al-Jizouli and Sudanese Sound Poetry

“A poem brims first with a forceful downpour, followed by soft, tamed sounds,  resembling Khartoum’s twin-Nile miracle where the thundering roar of the Blue Nile meets the sleepy sigh of the White.”

Against Erasure: Art and Sudan’s Sit-in

“Tents with long desks full of books at either side served as public libraries, where readers had access to banned books, including the books of Fathi-al-Daw and the novels of A. Baraka Sakin, which were once traded secretly in the country.”

‘A Drizzle of Bullets’: Poetry of Dissent in Sudan

He was compelled to throw his notebook

so he bent to lift up a brick,

and could see the sniper’s beard

soaked in his own blood

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