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y The Tribe selected work   novella  
Issue Details: First known date: 2014 2014
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'The Tribe is a collection of three novellas portraying significant aspects in the life of an extended Muslim Lebanese-Australian family with its roots in the suburb of Lakemba in Western Sydney.The first novella describes the family house, and the three generations who live, often in some discord, in its rooms; the second explores the marriage of the boy’s uncle, and the threatened appearance of an estranged branch of the family at the ceremony. The third rounds off the circle, describing the death of the family matriarch, the boy’s grandmother. Together they offer an intimate insight into a community negotiating the conflict between tradition and modernity, and the complex tribal affiliations of the extended family.' (Publisher's blurb)

Adaptations

The Tribe Michael Mohammed Ahmad , Janice Muller , 2016 single work drama

'After seeing its acclaimed debut season at the 2015 Sydney Festival, we were keen to bring Urban Theatre Projects’ The Tribe from the streets of Sydney’s west into our own backyard in Surry Hills. Not figuratively either: it actually is a show for the intimacy of the humble back garden, and that’s where we’ll present it – in an assortment of Surry Hills backyards.

Performed by the inimitable Hazem Shammas (Mother Courage and Her Children, Scorched), this is a story of belonging, told by Bani as a small boy finding his way in a young country by recounting tales of an old country – and at the heart of it all, his love for his grandmother. She’s the core presence in Bani’s life, carrying all the truths of "The Tribe" – a small Muslim sect who fled to Australia from Lebanon. Hazem’s Bani is like a visionary child channelling a Bedouin storyteller – all amongst the Hills Hoists, paling fences, frangipani and jasmine of the Sydney yard. Don’t miss this very special event' (production summary).

Notes

  • Dedication: For my family, who will never read this...

    And for Jane, who read the first.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Artarmon, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Giramondo Publishing , 2014 .
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      Extent: 156p.
      ISBN: 9781922146564
      Series: y Giramondo Shorts Giramondo Publishing (publisher), Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2011- Z1819856 2011 series - publisher criticism 'Giramondo Shorts', is a new series of short form, short print run books, designed to take account of the new technologies of digital printing, and to appeal to a community of literary readers. The series carries a quote from Les Murray's poem "The Dream of Wearing Shorts Forever": "it is time perhaps to cherish the culture of shorts."' Source: http://www.giramondopublishing.com/ (Sighrted 15/09/2012).

Works about this Work

Revision, Community and Performance : The Role of a Literary Network in the Development of Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s The Tribe and Luke Carman’s An Elegant Young Man Lucy Neave , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: New Writing , vol. 13 no. 2 2016; (p. 297-307)
'This paper contributes to recent scholarship on writers’ networks by assessing how two contemporary Australian writers, Michael Mohammed Ahmad and Luke Carman, used discussion and performance of drafts to develop their first books. Their revisions enabled them to shape not just their fiction, but to formulate a narrative about western Sydney which they could communicate to a national audience. In the following, I describe an interview I conducted with them about their revision practices and their suggestions for each other’s manuscripts. In addition, I discuss the writing processes involved in the completion of The Tribe (2014) and An Elegant Young Man (2013), which emerged from a collaborative environment or ‘community of practice’, and won literary awards.' (Publication abstract)
Q&A with Author of The Tribe : Michael Mohammed Ahmad Alix Bromley (interviewer), 2015 single work interview
— Appears in: The Conversation , 22 January 2015;

Interview with Michael Mohammed Ahmad about the forthcoming adaptation of his novel, The Tribe.

Young Novelists Speak with Original Voices Linda Morris , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 May 2015; (p. 13) The Sydney Morning Herald , 23-24 May 2015; (p. 17)
Radical, Young, Muslim : The Arab-Australian Novel in the 21st Century Matt McGuire , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 21 August 2015;
Australian Fiction Ed Wright , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 June 2014; (p. 21)

— Review of Foreign Soil Maxine Beneba Clarke 2014 selected work short story ; Captives Angela Meyer 2014 selected work short story ; Meatloaf in Manhattan Robert Power 2014 selected work short story ; The Tribe Michael Mohammed Ahmad 2014 selected work novella
Writing Arab-Australian Universes Ghassan Hage , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , May 2014;

— Review of The Tribe Michael Mohammed Ahmad 2014 selected work novella
Australian Fiction Ed Wright , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 June 2014; (p. 21)

— Review of Foreign Soil Maxine Beneba Clarke 2014 selected work short story ; Captives Angela Meyer 2014 selected work short story ; Meatloaf in Manhattan Robert Power 2014 selected work short story ; The Tribe Michael Mohammed Ahmad 2014 selected work novella
Writing Arab-Australian Universes Ghassan Hage , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , May 2014;

— Review of The Tribe Michael Mohammed Ahmad 2014 selected work novella
Q&A with Author of The Tribe : Michael Mohammed Ahmad Alix Bromley (interviewer), 2015 single work interview
— Appears in: The Conversation , 22 January 2015;

Interview with Michael Mohammed Ahmad about the forthcoming adaptation of his novel, The Tribe.

Young Novelists Speak with Original Voices Linda Morris , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 23 May 2015; (p. 13) The Sydney Morning Herald , 23-24 May 2015; (p. 17)
Radical, Young, Muslim : The Arab-Australian Novel in the 21st Century Matt McGuire , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 21 August 2015;
Revision, Community and Performance : The Role of a Literary Network in the Development of Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s The Tribe and Luke Carman’s An Elegant Young Man Lucy Neave , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: New Writing , vol. 13 no. 2 2016; (p. 297-307)
'This paper contributes to recent scholarship on writers’ networks by assessing how two contemporary Australian writers, Michael Mohammed Ahmad and Luke Carman, used discussion and performance of drafts to develop their first books. Their revisions enabled them to shape not just their fiction, but to formulate a narrative about western Sydney which they could communicate to a national audience. In the following, I describe an interview I conducted with them about their revision practices and their suggestions for each other’s manuscripts. In addition, I discuss the writing processes involved in the completion of The Tribe (2014) and An Elegant Young Man (2013), which emerged from a collaborative environment or ‘community of practice’, and won literary awards.' (Publication abstract)
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