Come and hear from Bluebird Editor, Hockley Spare on how she finds new talent and, alongside the author, brings them in to the world as books. Joined by author Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Literary Agent Julia Kingsford and Cyan Turan, Editor at Red Magazine.
Celebrate the launch of You Must Be Layla, Yassmin Abdel-Magied's debut novel for young adults! Join us for an enriching conversation with Yassmin and some awesome young people, facilitated by Sunili Govinnage. The event will conclude at 6:30pm, after which Yassmin will be available for book signing!
This event is suitable for young people as well as adults.
Copies of You Must Be Layla and Yassmin's Story will be available for purchase at the event, or you can order your copy ahead of time via Rabble Books & Games and collect at the launch.
As the digital revolution continues to unleash radical change on industries, economies, politics and institutions, what future will this disruption shape? Is the brave new world one of decentralisation, anti-elitism and individual freedom – or surveillance, monopoly and control? And what does it mean in particular for women?
Yassmin Abdel Magied, Eileen Ormsby and Jenny Sinclair discuss the current era of disruption and what it signals for the future of feminism.
Presented in partnership with Geelong Regional Libraries, and GriffithReview for the launch of Edition 64 – The New Disruptors.
Progress is Australia’s biggest and boldest social change conference -- 1,700 leading activists, thinkers and change-makers at the historic Melbourne Town Hall. Over two jam-packed days, we’ll share ideas, build connections, and shape a better country.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied will be co-chairing the conference over the two days. Find out more and book tickets below.
Join Yassmin Abdel-Magied for philosophy chat over breakfast at ‘How The Light Gets In’ festival!
From working on oil rigs in Australia to being full-time writer, broadcaster and social activist, Yassmin Abdel-Magied has made an artform of defying expectations. Join her as she discusses identity and how to avoid biases based on appearance.
What is How The Light Gets In? It’s the World's Largest Philosophy and Music Festival, with over 300 events, 100 debates and talks, and 200 music and performance events.
HowTheLightGetsIn is returning to Hay-on-Wye for the Bank Holiday weekend from 24th - 27th May with a festival experience unlike any other. Nestled in the beautiful Wye Valley on the edge of the Black Mountains, you'll find headline music acts, the best in stand-up comedy from the UK and beyond, debates between the world's leading thinkers, and so much more.
Bristol, are you ready?
Author, broadcaster, activist, recovering mechanical engineer and TED Talk sensation Yassmin Abdel-Magied will be sharing her literary journey, including her first foray into children's writing, with Joy Francis, founder of Words of Colour Productions.
Sudanese-born Australian Yassmin has written two books. Her debut memoir Yassmin's Story, which asks what it means to be a modern Muslim woman in the 21st century, was published when she was 24 years old. Her latest book You Must Be Layla is her first novel. Jam-packed with heart and humour, the book touches on the migrant experience, explores thought-provoking themes and the reality of being an outsider.
Yassmin worked as a mechanical engineer on oil and gas rigs around Australia for almost half a decade before becoming a full-time writer and broadcaster in 2016. Her writing has appeared in publications like Teen Vogue, The New York Times and The Guardian.
She has received awards nationally and internationally for her advocacy, including the 2018 Young Voltaire Award for Free Speech. Her TED talk, What does my headscarf mean to you, has been viewed almost two million times and was chosen as one of TED's top 10 ideas of 2015.
As well as being interviewed, Yassmin will read from her new book before taking part in an audience Q&A and a book signing.
What does it mean to be a Muslim woman in the West today? Join our panel, with writer and activist Mariam Khan; writer, solicitor and co-creator of the Mostly Lit podcast Raifa Rafiq; Sufiya Ahmed, author and public speaker on girls’ rights; engineer and social advocate Yassmin Abdel-Magied and chair, Guardian writer Coco Khan, as they explore this question.
Tired of hearing about the Muslim female experience from people who were neither female nor Muslim, Mariam Khan decided to take control of the rhetoric. It’s Not About the Burqa is an anthology of essays from 16 Muslim women, which does away with lazy stereotyping and misogyny to explore with searing honesty, humour and anger, the individual and collective experiences of Muslim women.
Mariam, Raifa, Sufiya, Yassmin and Coco, who contributed to the collection, will each read a short excerpt from their essays, presenting the foundations for an invigorating and impassioned discussion about race, religion, representation, and preconceptions of identity and intersectionality.
Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.
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Yassmin Abel-Magied is an enigma. As a Sudanese-Australian writer, broadcaster, recovering engineer and style icon, she's known for breaking moulds and smashing stereotypes at every opportunity.
Yassmin will be in conversation with Words of Colour executive director, Joy Francis, as they explore Yassmin’s relationship with race, faith and femininity and the role London has played in shaping her incredible journey so far.
This event is part of our Redefining Femininity Series - celebrating the power, the pain and pleasure of twenty-first century womanhood through talks, discussions, workshops, food and music.
Thursday 21st February 2019 6:30pm - 8pm
In 2016 Mariam Khan read that David Cameron had linked the radicalisation of Muslim men to the “general submissiveness” of Muslim women—but Mariam was pretty sure she didn’t know a single Muslim woman who would describe herself this way.
Here are the voices you won’t see represented in the national news headlines: Muslim women speaking frankly about the hijab and wavering faith, about love and divorce, feminism, queer identity, sex, and the twin threats of a disapproving community and a racist country.
What does it mean to be a Muslim woman in the West today? According the media, it’s all about the burqa. To launch this exceptional collection, Mariam will be joined by contributors for readings and a panel to discuss what it's really about.
Tickets: £18 including a copy if It’s Not About the Burqa (RRP £14.99) / £8 standard / £5 Student or Foyalty member*. When purchasing a Student or Foyalty ticket, you'll need to bring a valid in-date Student card or Foyalty card with you.
Venue: Level 6, Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road
London, we're back! Literary Death Match returns to Miranda at Ace Hotel London to celebrate the launch of our founder Adrian Todd Zuniga's debut novel (Collision Theory), by putting on a night of epically hiliarious, literary proportions that will have you tap-dancing on your chair (or, more likely, applauding). Preorder now!
What is Literary Death Match? Part literary event, part comedy show, part game show, Literary Death Match brings together four of today’s finest writers to compete in an edge-of-your-seat read-off critiqued by three celebrity judges, and concluded by a slapstick showdown to decide the ultimate champion.
Literary Merit: Yassmin Abdel-Magied, blogger, activist, 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year, and author of the memoir Yassmin's Story
Intangibles: Twayna Mayne, comedian, star of her critically-acclaimed debut hour Black Girl (Soho Theatre, June 9-11)and a Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2016 nominee
* Chris Power, debut author of the short story collection Mothers, and his Brief Survey of the Short Story has appeared in the Guardian since 2007
* Irenosen Okojie, Betty Trask award-winning author of the novel Butterfly Fish and the short fiction collection Speak Gigantular
Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga.
I will be speaking at HowTheLightGetsIn festival at Hay on Wye.
“At HowTheLightGetsIn we aim to bring into focus the most pressing and urgent questions of today. We should all strive to grasp the issues that structure and restructure our lives, and our festival provides an open forum in which big ideas take root.”
Join me for an evening with Lean In NYC and NYU to unpack and discuss gender diversity.
WHAT'S ON THE AGENDA?
6:30 - 6:45 Doors open
6:45 - 7:00 Welcome Notes - Lean In NYC + New York University
7:00 - 7:10 Introductions by partner organization, New York University Alumni Association
7:10 - 7:30 Talk by Yassmin Abdel-Magied
7:30 - 7:40 Conversation with Yassmin Abdel-Magied
7:40 - 7:50 Q & A
Excited to be heading to Ireland for the Dalkey Book Festival.
LIST OF MY EVENTS BELOW:
Town Hall - 20:30pm
Islam and feminism? Is there a contradiction? Or is that a knee jerk reaction, seeing Muslim women as a monolithic bloc who need to be liberated from the tyranny of the headscarf, who is in some countries are not allowed to drive, are subjected to mutilation and generally are oppressed? Is the reality much more complex?
With Elif Shafak, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Mehreen Khan and Ayisha Malik.
Heritage Centre - 13:00pm
Who writes their life story at 24? Yassmin Abdel-Magied did. She’s a mechanical engineer, social advocate, writer and hijab wearing ‘petrol head’. Her book ‘Yassmin’s Story- Who Do You Think I Am?’ tells of a Sudanese Muslim who arrived in Australia as a 2 year old. At 16 she founded Youth Without Borders (an organisation focused on helping young people work for positive change),and she went on to become an engineer, a leader and an inspiration.
In conversation with Eithne Shortall.
Town Hall 14:30pm
Is freedom of speech absolute and unconditional? As debate is stifled in US Colleges for fear of causing “offence”, and with cultural appropriation jumping out of academia and into the realm of internet outrage, is free speech threatened by liberals not conservatives? Respect for difference is important but is it right to bring social issues into making art? Do writers have borders or can they write about what they want? Our esteemed panel -from across the world- discusses free speech versus protection of minorities.
With Marlon James, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Dr. Shashi Tharoor and Han Yujoo.
Chaired by Myles Dungan.
Looking forward to this In Conversation and Iftar event with Halal Gems and Muslim Women Connect.
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Join Halal Gems and Muslim Women Connect at Boondocks for a Q&A with Yassmin Abdel-Magied followed by a four course iftar.
Date: Saturday 10th June 2017
Time: 8pm (orders for iftar must be placed by 8.30pm)
Location: Boondocks (the event will take place downstairs in the restaurant).
Note: The talk is free to ticket holders. The £21.50 ticket fee is for the iftar from Boondocks which includes starters at your table, one main, one side, a dessert and one drink. All food served is halal and organic. Prayer space will be provided and the event is open to all.
Looking forward to speaking at AfroX – The New Conventional for the Afro-Australian Student Organisation. This is a FREE event that will showcase the success of 5 unique African-Australian speakers.
Receive valuable tips and tricks from some of the brightest, boldest and most brilliant minds that have taken an alternative career path that has led them to their idea of success. Join us as they share the wealth of knowledge and expertise received from their industries.
I am excited to be working with Autopia on an upcoming series of whitepapers -“Re-thinking Cultural Diversity”. I will be visiting Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane speaking on Cultural Diversity in the Workplace. These are INVITE ONLY events.
You can learn more and request a TICKET here.
Come and join me, along with fellow authors Benjamin Law and Sophie Hardcastle as we discuss our motivations for authoring, our lives and the challenges we face as we
work through the process of revealing ourselves through writing.
This session is a FREE community event.
Join me for a literary lunch supported by Harald Puhalla (General Surgeon) as I share my
thoughts and 'musings as a young, Aussie Muslim woman asking questions
and doin’ my thang.'
You can purchase TICKETS HERE
Can gender equality be achieved through institutional measures or should we rely on grassroots efforts to more effectively introduce social egalitarianism? Should men take an active part in making way for women in areas traditionally dominated by cis straight white males – such as politics and the arts – or can change only come from a revolution of women dismantling such systems?
Join moderator Jax Jacki Brown and panellists Nayuka Gorrie, Evelyn Morris, and Yassmin Abdel-Magied as they examine outdated but long-entrenched power structures within society and question whether equality can be found working within its parameters or if destruction and revolution is the only way forward.
Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival is the world’s largest free event of its kind. Equity and democracy run through the Festival’s veins, placing some of the world’s greatest minds, humanitarians, historians, politicians, business leaders, sports people and entertainers from all walks of life together on stage. This free and egalitarian access to these renowned thinkers and writers is a powerful statement in a country where access to such individuals remains the privilege of a few. The ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival provides a potentially life-changing opportunity for audiences from Rajasthan, across India and the world to learn from and exchange ideas with contemporary literary stalwarts.
I'll be presenting at the following sessions throughout the festival:
21st January 2017 - 12:30pm - 13:30pm - Mughal Tent
On Cultural Appropriation: Ajay Navaria, Jim Mallinson, Mark Singleton, Mrinal Pande and Yassmin Abdel-Magied in conversation with Pavan K. Varma
Can a writer become whosoever he or she wants to be or are they morally bound to write about what they know, understand and can substantiate. Is the rooted imagination truer than the borrowed one? Debates from across cultures and perspectives on who holds the copyright on authenticity?
From Lionel Shriver speech: As for the culture police’s obsession with “authenticity,” fiction is inherently inauthentic. It’s fake. It’s self-confessedly fake; that is the nature of the form, which is about people who don’t exist and events that didn’t happen. The name of the game is not whether your novel honours reality; it’s all about what you can get away with.
21st January 2017 - 17:15pm - 18:15pm - Front Lawn
At Home in the World:Angelica Freitas, Eka Kurniawan, Kyoko Yoshida, NoViolet Bulawayo, Vivek Shanbhag and Yassmin Abdel-Magied in conversation with Helena Kennedy
Poets and writers around the world speak of the resonance of poetry and shared stories across the borders of languages and culture.
I will be in INDIA for the next couple of weeks with my first stop Appejay Kolkata Literary Festival.
You can find me presenting at the following sessions:
16th January 2017 - 14:00pm - 14:30pm - St Paul's Cathedral Grounds - 1A, Cathedral Road, Kolkata -71
Being the Change
Young writer-activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Youth ki Awaaz pioneer Anshul Tewari discuss their challenges and dreams with students.
18th January 2017 - 10:30am - 11:45am - Oxford Bookstore -17 Park Street, Kolkata- 16
Peace Words: Literature as a peace keeping force?
Can the pen stand up to the sword? From those who have tried. With Kaartikeya Bajpai, Pritha Kejriwal, Sadaf Saaz, Yassmin Abdel-Magied. Moderated by Saikat Mazumdar.
I'll be submitting my Tiny Story as the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival co-present with UNICEF as part of their global Tiny Stories campaign.
"Unicef has invited writers from all over the world to pen a short story on the theme "what I want for every child". More than 200 authors have answered the call, weaving their vision of a world in which all children enjoy the right to survive and thrive, to learn and to grow up health and safe from harm."
I'll be back at the Islamic Museum of Australia, reading excerpts from my book Yassmin's Story, followed by a conversation Q&A with the audience with IMA's special host Amna Iqbal.
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Following on from the success of last month's sold-out Morning Tea, the inspirational Yassmin returns to IMA for a compelling reading from her book, Yassmin's Story. Reading following by an intimate conversation with the audience hosted by Amna Iqbal
Honoured to be hosting the Social Enterprise awards proudly supported by Social Traders.
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Join us in celebrating the very best of Australian social enterprises at the Social Enterprise Awards 2016.
By recognising excellence and best practice, the Awards bring together and showcase the best and brightest of Australia’s social enterprises.
Excited to be presenting the keynote at the exhibition launch for The Global Women's Project - Trailblazing Women of Herstory.
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Thirty-nine artists create thirty-nine original portraits of trailblazing women, to raise funds for women continuing the fight for gender equality in Cambodia and Nepal.
An initiative of The Global Women’s Project, Trailblazing Women of Herstory is a fundraising art exhibition where herstory and art collides to create positive change for gender equality. The exhibition runs during the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.
Artworks will be sold or auctioned to raise money for The Global Women’s Project - a Melbourne-based nonprofit organisation supporting women leading grassroots change in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the world.
A portion of proceeds will be returned to exhibiting artists, to honour their time, skill and generosity.