Diriye Osman. Photograph: Bahareh Hosseini
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Somali author Diriye Osman wins Polari Prize

Somali author Diriye Osman has become the first African to win the Polari First Book Prize for his collection of short stories entitled Fairy Tales for Lost Children.

The Polari prize is awarded for a first book which explores the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

The judges said Osman's book "dazzled" them with the wide range of literary voices in a stunning collection of short stories. BBC Africa's Jenny Horrocks asked him to read from the opening story, Watering the Imagination.

Photograph by Bahareh Hosseini

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  • 15 Oct 2014