“I wanted to show how hard it is for Muslims when a terrorist attack happens” || Yasmin Rahman

When the great people at @Teensgate told me I have the opportunity to interview a new author I've seen in and around the interweb, I used the event as a welcome break from being cooped up in my room since the holidays had ended (Michael Gove if you ever happen to be reading this for…

RAMADAN READATHON : Books We Recommend As Eid Gifts – YA

Eid-Ul-Fitr - you've most probably heard it described as being a bit like a Muslim Christmas. That is kind of true. We have a meal with family and friends, we go to our religious place of worship, we wear nice clothes and give presents. But it's in the celebration of the ending of Ramadan rather…

The House Of Spirts A Book Review

 I asked my librarian for something to read for the train over half term. She handed me a battered, torn, stained and spine-broken book. Not surprisingly, I was a bit disappointed.  A quick flick through did not produce any more pleasing results. It had not been checked out of our school library since 2012 and…

‘Publishers love paying lip-service to diversity, but none of them actually mean it.’ || Sami Shah

Sami Shah has been profiled in the New York Times, ABC's The Australian Story, BBC Radio 4, NPR, TEDx, and QI with Stephen Fry. His autobiography, "I, MIGRANT" has been nominated for the NSW Premier's Literary Award, WA Premier's Literary Award, and the Russell Prize for Humour Writing.Sami has written columns for national and international…

RAMADAN READATHON : The What, The Where, The When

Nadia and I have been planning #RamadanReadathon for nearly a month now and we're very excited to show you what we've got in store. From interviews to Twitter chats to blog posts, we hope there's something in here for everyone. Whoever you are, we hope you join in with our effort to help promote books by…

RAMADAN READATHON: THE INTRODUCTION

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If you follow me over on Twitter, you’ll probably know that I am co-hosting a readathon next month with Zoya @ We Are All Critics! We are so excited and also overwhelmed by all the support we have received so far. We have some incredible things already lined up including author interviews, Twitter chats and giveaways, and we hope to post a schedule at the end of this month so you know what’s happening where and when. In the meantime, this is a short introduction post explaining why we are doing it and how you can get involved!

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The Hate U Give || In Conversation

They say don't meet your heroes. It's definitely a bit weird being in the same room as the author of your current favorite read but this was on a new level. I didn't just like The Hate U Give (THUG) because it was a pleasant book but I admired what the author was trying to…

How To Not Write POC Characters

You want to include a diverse character in your new novel but you are not a POC (Person Of Color)? First of all, well done. I strongly believe that we need more diverse characters in what we read for a huge amount of reasons and hopefully (being optimistic here) you do too. These are more…