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Tuesday 9 July 2024

12 Curly Questions with author/artist Nabeel Khan

1.Tell us something hardly anyone knows about you.
I have recently trained to become a Sufi Whirling Dervish.

2. What is your nickname?
I have had many nicknames in my life, but my whole family calls me Billy.

3. What is your greatest fear?

Not allowing myself to be who I truly am

4. Describe your writing style in 10 words.
My writing's deeply connected to my visual art.

5. Tell us five positive words that describe you as a writer.
Ancient, philosophical, truth, goodness, beauty.

6. What book character would you be, and why?
Socrates, because he never gave up on his values even when confronted with death!

7. If you could time travel, what year would you go to and why?
To Ancient Egypt as they were building the pyramids, to see how they did it and to be around such smart, wise and intelligent people.

8. What would your 10-year-old self say to you now?
Wow, how did you get to be so clever and creative?!

9. Who is your greatest influence?
Plato and any great Sufi thinker.

10. What/who made you start writing?
The desire to share what I had learnt, knowing that it could be helpful for all people.

11. What is your favourite word and why?
Phantasmagoria. It means a series of dream-like images. I love that there's a word for that.

12. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A good collection of Sufi poetry.

Nabeel Khan is an artist and photographer. Born in London, he studied in the UK before starting a career in the TV/film post-production world. In his late twenties, he first started noticing the commonality of geometry in all religions, and he pursued more knowledge about this at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London. He moved to Australia eight years ago and dove head-first into his art, which is heavily inspired by the eternal shapes he had been learning about. For more information, see www.scribblekidsbooks.com.