MICHAEL MOHAMMED AHMAD is an Arab-Australian writer, editor, teacher and community arts worker. He is the founder and director of Sweatshop, a literacy movement in Western Sydney devoted to empowering culturally and linguistically diverse artists through creative writing. Mohammed's essays and short stories have appeared in the Sydney Review of Books, The Guardian, Heat, Seizure, The Lifted Brow, The Australian and Coming of Age: Australian Muslim Stories. His debut novel, The Tribe, received a 2015 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists of the Year Award. Mohammed received his Doctorate of Creative Arts at Western Sydney University in 2017.
wonderfully vivid and compelling . . . utterly authentic - Books+Publishingin its vibrancy, its warty candour and willingness to engage with the messy business of people falling out of their known worlds without knowing where to go next, The Lebs is a strong and resonant novel that deserves to be widely read. - Weekend Australianan open-eyed and highly charismatic novel broiling with fight, tenderness and ambition. - Big Issue AustraliaThe Lebs is vividly told, with a strong and distinct voice, and in Bani Adam, we have a wonderfully complex and compelling character to lead us on this journey through his world. - The AU Review