The Keys of Babylon was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year Award 2012 and long-listed for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2012
A story from this collection 'El Aziz: some pages from his notebooks' was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2012
"Minhinnick's powerful work has an epic quality." The Independent
"An award-winning poet, Minhinnick's prose holds all the vividness, imagery and style of poetry, creating absorbing narratives that capture the very essence of the migrants' experiences." Buzz Magazine
People are on the move In Albania, Mexico, China, Iraq, Israel, Wales, the US, London … migration and immigration are key issues of the twentieth and twenty-first century.
The Keys of Babylon is a collection of 15 linked stories by award-wining poet and author Robert Minhinnick, giving voices to migrants around the globe. Both a fictional record of, and an exploration into their lives, the migrants and the people with whom they interact reflect a comprehensive mix of hope, success, failure, fear, indifference and passion. And the stories of each of the main characters are drawn together in a final narrative which surveys their situation on a particular day.