Suad Al Darra. Picture: Bríd O’Donovan

Suad Aldarra is a Syrian-Irish writer and data scientist based in Dublin. She was selected as the Common Currency writer in residence for Cuirt International Festival and English/Irish PEN in 2021 and was awarded the Art Councils of Ireland English Literature bursary. Her debut memoir, I Don’t Want to Talk About Home, published by Doubleday Ireland in July 2022, was shortlisted for An Post Irish Book Awards.

Suad holds a Master’s in Data Analytics from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). Her thesis RefugeesAre.info, which tackles the spreading issue of misinformation about refugees and migrants in the news, won several awards and international recognition.

Believing that her degree in Engineering saved her life during the war, Suad started Women Techmakers Group in Galway, a Google program to empower women in technology. She currently volunteers with Techfugees to empower displaced people with technology. She has spoken on several occasions about displaced people, women in tech and Syria in places such as the European Commission, in front of the Dutch Royals, RTE radio and articles for various newspapers, including the Irish Times.

Suad is represented by Doug Young at Pew Literary Agency. Her memoir, I Don’t Want To Talk About Home, is published by Doubleday, Penguin Random House, in July 2022. (link)

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