Former member of staff and Kent alumnus Abdulrazak Gurnah wins The 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature

Abdulrazak Gurnah
We are absolutely delighted that our former University of Kent lecturer and alumnus, Abdulrazak Gurnah, has been awarded the #NobelPrize for literature – truly inspirational! 👏

The University’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Karen Cox was among the first to offer congratulations

She said: ‘On behalf of the entire University I’d like to extend our huge congratulations to Abdulrazak for this tremendous achievement. Abdulrazak is a complete inspiration to all of us – as a teacher, an alumnus of Kent and as such a powerful voice in post-colonial literature. His stories, some of which were first drafted in our very own Templeman Library, have touched millions worldwide and shine a light on human experiences that are so often ignored. We couldn’t be prouder of his success”

Dr Bashir Abu-Manneh, Head of the University’s School of English, added:

‘Abdulrazak Gurnah’s writing epitomises our contemporary condition of displacement, violence, and belonging. His is the struggle for individual voice, for justice, for feeling at home in an ever-changing world. No one writing today has articulated the pains of exile and the rewards of belonging so well. Canterbury and Kent are both his exile and home.’

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