Ilhan Abdi

Ilhan Abdi is a writer, researcher, curator, and archivist. Her archival practice explores Somali music and theatre from the 20th century, with particular care for the distinctive, enduring ache that drives widespread Somali fascination with this era of music. She is the founder of dhageeyso, a digital archival project honouring Somali music history. Through this practice—and beyond—she is currently exploring the joys and limits of memory and nostalgia. She is the Publications Coordinator of Sydney Film Festival and was previously the 2020 Program Officer of The Writing Zone and junior editor of the Sydney Review of Books. She edited The Writing Zone’s inaugural publication, Sky Conversations, and co-edited the program’s first annual print anthology, The Wayward Sky.