Hammour Ziada was born in Khartoum, Sudan in 1977. He is the author of several critically-acclaimed works of fiction including the collections of short stories A Life Story from Omdurman, published in 2008, and Sleeping at the Foot of the Mountain, published in 2014. His novels include Al-Kunj, published in 2010, and The Longing of the Dervish, his second novel, published in 2014, which won the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 2014 and was shortlisted for the 2015 International Prize for Arabic Fiction.
The Longing of the Dervish is a story about a Sudanese slave and his partner set against the backdrop of the fall of Khartoum. It was described by judges of the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature as having ‘an epic richness that courses through the narrative, not only on the level of the complexity of the character of the tragic hero, but also on the level of the multiplicity of the modes of discourse’.
Ziada has worked as a journalist for many years, contributing to a number of Sudanese newspapers including Al-Mustaqilla, Ajras al-Horriya, and Al-Jarida. He was Chief Editor of the cultural section of the Sudanese Al-Akhbar paper. He has also had a long association with charitable and civil society organisations.
He lives in Cairo.