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In conversation with Yassmin Abdel-Magied

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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.