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A teenage girls’ mental health

October 10, 2022

Today (October 10th) is World Mental Health Day, a day to raise awareness and open up the conversation about mental health, and to help those who may be struggling. Our upcoming contemporary fiction n…

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In conversation with Victoria Williamson, author of War of the Wind 

September 15, 2022

From Victoria Williamson (award-winning Scottish author of the Fox and the White Gazelle and The Boy with the Butterfly Mind) comes a thrilling new adventure story with delightfully diverse disability…

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In Conversation with David Ross, author of The Three Hares: Terracotta Horse 

September 13, 2022

The final instalment of The Three Hares Trilogy by Scott Lauder and David Ross will be released this October. This historical fantasy quest series plunges us back in time, first to the vicious Battle…

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In Conversation with Jenna Adams, author of Can I Stray

August 29, 2022

From Jenna Adams comes the unmissable, conversation-starting debut on captivating coming-of-age tale of mental health, consent and the complex world of teenage sexual politics. In this interview, Jenn…

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day: Why It Matters

May 19, 2022

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) takes place every year on the third Thursday of May. As the term clearly indicates, it is about making the web (and everything else) more accessible for all o…

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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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2 Amazing Reads to Start a Conversation on the Environment Ahead of COP26 

September 9, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought devastation to millions around the world, disrupting many parts of the global economy. During this time, governments have stepped up to protect our lives and liveliho…

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In Conversation with Tatti de Jersey

September 9, 2021

Tatti de Jersey has worked in children’s book PR for over 18 years. During that time she has worked for both traditional and independent publishers as well as a wide-range of authors such as Michael M…

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Find Your Perfect Summer Read with Neem Tree Press

August 24, 2021

Summer is the perfect time to catch up with that reading goal you set yourself all those months ago and whilst many countries have been added to the green list, still so few of us are able to travel a…

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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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Rosie Goldsmith Reads an Extract from The Book of Perilous Dishes

Rosie Goldsmith Reads an Extract from The Book of Perilous Dishes by Doina Rusti.

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Muslims criticise TikTok trend of Western women wearing headscarves

Muslims criticise TikTok balaclava trend - sparked by Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala - saying Western women wearing headscarves are viewed as 'cute' and 'trendy' yet those who wear the hijab often face discrimination

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“Balaclavas don’t get banned, but hijabs do”: why some Muslim women are finding the balaclava trend problematic

Hafsa Lodi, journalist and author of Modesty: A Fashion Paradox, discusses how the balaclava trend highlights the double-standards of the fashion industry.

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Discussing the paradox of ‘Modest Fashion’

Modest fashion is a growing, global multi-billion-dollar market that is appearing at high-profile fashion shows, on celebrities, and in the headlines of fashion publications and major news outlets around the world. SOAS alumnae Nour Saleh, founder of Art Breath, and Hafsa Lodi, writer, journalist and author of the book “Modesty – A Fashion Paradox” held a virtual discussion for the SOAS Alumni Book Club on 24 November to address crucial questions about the rise of the modest fashion industry, and what it means for the future of fashion, women and their role in society.

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Men who want to be good allies to women often get it wrong – but don’t give up trying

With many sobering conversations around ending violence against women and girls taking place this year, you might have heard of the term ‘male ally’ – it refers to any man willing to advocate for and speak up in support of gender equality.

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Mainstream and à la mode: modest fashion hits the high street

A growing number of High Street retailers are offering clothing for women who choose to dress modestly, without having to seek out specialist outlets.

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Celebrating Women in Translation

Doina Ruști, a Romanian author, shares with me about how her writing is highly influenced by her Balkan heritage.

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If misogyny and male violence against women are still on the rise, what’s stopping men from holding each other accountable?

If misogyny and male violence against women are still on the rise, what's stopping men from holding each other accountable?
Because standing up against sexism is literally a matter of life and death.

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