Bushra Elfadil

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Bushra ElFadil
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Native name
بشرى الفاضل
BornBushra Elfadil
1952 (age 66–67)
Araggi, Northern State of Sudan
Occupationlecturer in Russian
Years active1970–

Bushra Elfadil (Arabic: بشرى الفاضل‎, born 1952) is a Sudanese writer and poet.


Elfadil was born in 1952 in the village of Araggi in the Northern State of Sudan.[1] He moved with his family to the village of Wad El-bor in the state of Al Jazirah in central Sudan, however, where he received his primary education and where his family still lives today. He studied the Russian Language in Russia and received his PhD in Russian Language, after which he returned to Sudan, where he was appointed as a lecturer in the Russian Language Department in the Faculty Of Arts at Khartoum University. He worked there until he was expelled in the early 1990s along with many other lecturers and hundreds of student after protests about the military coup by Omar al-Bashir. He currently lives in Saudi Arabia.

Personal life[edit]

Elfadil has a daughter and four sons. One of them, Vasiliy pursues his career as a doctor.

In 2018 migrated to Canada in Toronto, where he stays as a refuge seeker. Until now his social status remains unclear.


Elfadil won the prestigious Caine Prize 2017 with "The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew Away", published in The Book of Khartoum - A City in Short Fiction.[2][3][4]


  • Hikkayat Al-bint Al-lti Tarrat Asafiraha (The Story of the girl whom her birds´ flew), a collection of short stories.
  • Azrraq Alyamama
  • Al-hossan Altayer (The Flying Horse), a collection of children stories, lost by the publisher.
  • Gassied fie El-zil (Poems On The Shadow), to be published


  1. ^ "Bushra el-Fadil", Banipal, No 56, Generation '56 (Summer 2016).
  2. ^ Otosirieze Obi-Young, "Sudanese Poet Bushra al-Fadil Wins the 2017 Caine Prize, Setting Three Records", Brittle Paper, 3 July 2017.
  3. ^ Osman Mohamed Osman, "Sudanese author Bushra al-Fadil wins Caine Prize", KPAX, 4 July 2017.
  4. ^ Lisa Campbell, "Story exploring freedom wins Caine Prize for African Writing", The Bookseller, 4 July 2017.

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