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Omar Musa undertook part of his education in California, USA where he was strongly influenced by hip-hop. In 2007 Musa won the British Council's Realise Your Dream award. In 2009, Musa self-published The Clocks, based on his travel experiences.

Personal Awards

2015 recipient Asialink Literature Residency Program for residency in Malaysia
2013 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships New Work - Emerging Writers Poetry
2009 winner Canberra Critics Circle Awards Writing For an excellent 12 months in which he won the Australian Poetry Slam at the Sydney Opera House, published a book, The Clocks, released his first album, The Massive EP, and recorded his second album.

Awards for Works

Here Come the Dogs 2014 single work novel

'Revelatory and incendiary, Here Come the Dogs is a window into the youth of contemporary multicultural Australia, through the lives of three disaffected, hedonistic, aspirational and sometimes violent young men on the edge. Fresh in form and content, a hip-hop novel by a unique literary talent.' (Publication summary)

2016 longlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2016 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Award for Fiction
2015 longlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2015 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) The Matt Richell Award for New Writer
2015 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
2015 winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
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