The writers that have influenced me the most are Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, ZZ Packer, Alison Bechdel, Audre Lorde, Lorrie Moore, Nuruddin Farah and Chinua Achebe.
Diriye reading at Word Factory:
Diriye Osman is a Somali-British short story writer and visual artist. His writing has appeared in ‘Time Out’, ‘Attitude’, ‘Prospect’, ‘Poetry Review’, ‘Kwani?’, ‘Jungle Jim’, ‘Under The Influence’ and ‘SCARF Magazine’. His acclaimed debut collection of short stories Fairytales For Lost Children is published by Team Angelica Press. Diriye is currently at work on his second collection, The Shape Of Purity. You can visit Diriye online at diriyeosman.com.