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Rafeif Ismail


Rafeif Ismail turns to poetry and music to remind her of her first home and as a way to learn her first language. A third-culture child of the Sudanese diaspora, Rafeif often explores the ideas of home and belonging in her craft. Writing first began as a way for her to understand and reconcile different aspects of her identity as a Sudanese refugee in Australia. Rafeif ’s writing is often a mixture of Arabic and English. She is looking for a way that will allow her to recreate the stories of her childhood in her second language. Rafeif is the 2017 Deborah Cass Prize Winner.

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