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Head Above Water: Shahd Alshammari Exploring the Disabled Body 

April 27, 2022

This week is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week which runs from 25th April to 1st May. It provides an opportunity to highlight what is often an invisible and misunderstood condition, currently affectin…

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In Conversation with Shahd Alshammari, author of Head Above Water. 

April 19, 2022

From her research on illness narratives and disability studies comes a thoughtful reflection on a personal journey with Multiple Sclerosis. Kuwaiti-Palestinian author and academic, Dr Shahd Alshammari…

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What is Multiple Sclerosis, an insight into Shahd Alshammari’s Head Above Water. 

March 18, 2022

Shahd Alshammari’s upcoming memoir, Head Above Water takes us into intimate conversations on illness and society’s stigmatization of disabled bodies. We are invited to ask the big questions about life…

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Female Authors and Characters that inspire us on International Women’s Day 2022.

March 8, 2022

This International Women’s Day we are spotlighting some of our favourite female characters and authors that inspire us. From Sara in The Three Hares: The Jade Dragonball to Pâtca in The Book of Perilo…

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Interview with Literary Translator James Christian Brown 

February 21, 2022

To celebrate International Mother-Language Day we interviewed literary translator James Christian Brown. He tells us all about his journey into becoming a book translator, his recent work translating…

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Q&A with Doina Rusti, author of The Book of Perilous Dishes.

February 17, 2022

With less than one month until the publication day for The Book of Perilous Dishes, we wanted to celebrate by interviewing Doina Rusti all about her journey as an author, the inspiration behind this d…

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Coping With The Loss Of A Loved One This Christmas 

December 13, 2021

There’s nothing quite like spending time with loved ones in the Christmas holidays. The festive season is for gathering together with family and friends.   But for others, the holidays can be an incre…

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence 

December 10, 2021

Over the last sixteen days Hira Ali has been sharing key tips on her Instagram (@advancingyourpotential) from her latest book Her Allies: A Practical Toolkit to Help Men Lead Through Advocacy. She’s u…

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In the news

We love to read more about the topics our authors write about or just explore interesting news items! Here are some things that have caught our eye recently.

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Why men need to step up and help women smash the glass ceiling

Hira Ali's new book shows men how to advocate for their female colleagues at work

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The white women of the Norwegian handball team are finding out what hijabi women knew all along

It’s a travesty that these sportswomen were fined for refusing to wear small bikini bottoms — and it’s rare that the people campaigning for more modest attire look this way

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Navigating the seas: Why Muslim women’s swimwear doesn’t define our faith

Imbued with issues of modesty and body autonomy, swimwear is far too contentious a topic among Muslim women.

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The Three Hares: Claire Storey Interviews David Ross and Scott Lauder

Claire Storey interviews authors of The Three Hares middle-grade fantasy quest trilogy, David Ross and Scott Lauder.

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What does The Three Hare Symbol Really Mean?

Ever wondered what the three hare symbol means from Scott Lauder and David Ross' middle-grade fantasy quest series. Read on to find out the strange and mysterious history behind it.

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‘Call it out’: How men can actually make women feel safer

In the wake of Sarah Everard's death, many men asked 'what can I do?' Hira Ali has answered with a new book. Here she shares her advice

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How to be a better feminist ally

Gender inequality is an issue that effects everybody, yet the onus is almost always on women to fix what they invariably didn’t start in the first place. Hira Ali feels it’s about time men shouldered some of that burden. That’s why she’s written Her Allies: A Practical Toolkit to Help Men Lead Through Advocacy.

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How fashion rentals became 2021s top style trend

As a new luxury fashion rental platform prepares to launch in Dubai in July, we take a look at how the trend is burgeoning, in spite of social stigmas.

Read more (The National News)