WHY YA LITERATURE LEADS THE PACK IN MUSLIM REPRESENTATION – GUEST POST BY NADIA ELDEMERDASH

Coming off #RamadanReadathon, I’ve learned two things:

  1. Reading is hard when you’re hungry.
  2. There is a lot more Muslim representation in YA fiction than there is in any other genre.

Technically, that second one isn’t something I’ve only just realized. It’s a spidey sense I’ve had over the past year as I’ve made more of an effort to discover and follow Muslim authors and Muslim narratives.Read More »

WHAT RAMADAN MEANS TO ME – GUEST POST BY MARRIAM YAHYA

Ramadan means something different to everyone. For me, it’s a surreal month. I love the opportunity to be able to feel closer to my faith. On the other hand, I was a little nervous about how I was going to cope. Summer fasts are long, and the days can be very warm (although, this is Britain.)

Ramadan has also made me realise that most of my friendships are based on food. In fact, most of my day-to-day activities work around cooking, baking, planning cakes for special occasions – it’s all about the food.Read More »

BOOKS WE RECOMMEND AS EID GIFTS – FOR ADULTS

Eid-ul-Fitr is the Muslim celebration that marks the end of the month of Ramadan. On this day, Muslims offer a special prayer, wear new clothes and visit their friends and families. One of the customs, like other religious celebrations, although not obligatory, is the exchange of gifts between relatives and neighbours. This is usually in the form of money but may include other appropriate items such as clothes, or even books since the pursuit of knowledge is highly valued in Islam.Read More »

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: INTERVIEW WITH YASMIN RAHMAN

Hello everyone,

This is the last interview on my blog for #RamadanReadathon and I’m actually really excited to introduce Yasmin Rahman as today’s guest author. Her short story Fortune Favours the Bold will be included in an upcoming anthology, published by Stripes this August. Keep reading to find out about their awesome initiative to support BAME writers in UK YA.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Yasmin Rahman is a British Muslim born and raised in Hertfordshire. She has a First Class MA in Creative Writing and is currently completing an MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. In her spare time, she makes fan art for her favourite books. Her designs are currently being sold worldwide by bestselling author John Green. Yasmin also co-founded and edits Scrittura, an online literary magazine. She is currently working on a novel exploring mental illness within the Muslim community. You can follow her on Twitter @YasminwithanE.Read More »