A Sudanese writer whose work has received critical acclaim for its distinctive exploration of identity, migration and Islamic spirituality will be delivering a special talk in Clydebank.

The event at Centre81 is a unique opportunity to join Leila Aboulela for a fascinating discussion of her writing which highlights the challenges facing Muslims in Europe.

Leila lives in Aberdeen and is the winner of the first Caine Prize for African writing and author of four novels, a collection of short stories and several radio plays.

Her work explores significant political issues, while her personal faith and the move in her mid-twenties to Scotland are major influences.

Her debut novel The Translator, which was listed among the New York Times Notable Books of the Year in 2006, tells the story of a Sudanese widow in Scotland grieving for her husband and homeland, while novel Minaret features a Sudanese woman once privileged in her native land, who finds herself impoverished in London.

Her latest publication Elsewhere, Home, is a collection of 13 intimate stories of longing and exile penned throughout her writing career.

The tone of Elsewhere, Home is thoughtful, wry, funny and sad, and the stories, which are barbed with tension and conflict, mirror some of her own story.

Its tales deal with the desperate homesickness of immigrants; the complications of love between believers and non-believers; and the claustrophobia of women shackled to their domestic duties.

A.L Kennedy has described the collection as “a delight”, while her writing has also received praise from Nobel Prize winner J.M Coetzee, Ben Okri and Ali Smith.

West Dunbartonshire Libraries and the Isaro Social Integration Network have organised the event to celebrate Libraries Week.

It is free but ticketed and takes place tomorrow from 12pm to 1.30pm at Centre81, 2-16 Braes Avenue. To register for a ticket visit eventbrite.co.uk/e/leila-aboulela-tickets-50437144858