The Roots that gave birth to magical blossoms


Amna Agib (bit Nafisa) – Appreciation

Amna Agib (bit Nafisa)

Amna joined TSL when she was a member of Harrow Writers Circle. From Sudan (before it split), she had a collection of poems and short stories giving insight into aspects of life in that troubled part of Africa.
As with a number of TSL authors, Amna had a clear idea on how her books were to feel – it was more than crafting the words. Through the process, we both learnt much on many fronts. And in particular, I discovered what an incredible life she’d led (and still does). Amna’s work is a testamony to tenacity and finding ways to have minority voices heard. Whilst she hasn’t published anything further with TSL, she has been exploring more accessible means of getting her work into Africa, where books are expensive to buy once other hurdles have been navigated, including languages.
She also has a short story in the TSL compilation Where Mental Health and Human Rights Align.
While I might be biased because of my African heritage, I do believe that Amna’s publications do not get the readership they deserve (and I can say that about most of our authors) – they break the mould and don’t always follow the currently approved ‘rules’ for writers. If you’re looking for an authentic voice, or something to challenge your current status quo, I recommend Amna’s two books… and that you consider some others in the TSL catalogue…



A few books in the TSL collection give me horripilations:
The Good Vicar by RJ Whitfield, and especially
the Lucifer’s Child trilogy by Gideon Masters
And I really didn’t expect to find the word on a medical page!

If you’ve resisted following the links until now, horripilation is what goosebumps are called.

Amna Agib in The roots that gave birth to magical blossoms could have used horripilations when reference is made to the pleasant sensations felt in some of the stories. However, I don’t think the word would have flowed off the tongue or the stories carried the same weight had horripilation been used in place of her descriptions.

And it turns out the word is used in music too – a music genre.

One lives and learns.

first published 4 March 2018, updated 2024