The Things I Would Tell You by Sabrina Mahfouz
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Sabrina Mahfouz has put together a lively, varied anthology. As she explains, the writers she has chosen all “identify as having both a British and a Muslim background, regardless of their birthplace, citizenship status or religiosity”.
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The Things I Would Tell You brings together the works of over thirty established women writers of Muslim heritage, as well as young emerging artists currently leading the way on the UK’s spoken word scene.

Adhaf Soueif, Leila Aboulela, Warsan Shire, Kamila Shamsie and many others explore the universal themes of love, loss, identity, belonging and freedom in new fiction, poetry and prose specially written for this unique and timely anthology.

Edited by award-winning poet and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz, The Things I Would Tell You showcases the talent and variety of female voices and is a creative call to arms for young women struggling to be heard.

Sabrina Mahfouz is a British Egyptian playwright, poet and screenwriter. She was awarded the 2014 Fringe First Award for Chef, and her most recent work, Clean, was produced by Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh) and transferred to New York in 2014. In 2012, David Schwimmer made his directorial stage debut with a production of Mahfouz’s monologue, Dry Ice. Her first book, The Clean Collection, was published by Bloomsbury in 2014.

 

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Sabrina Mahfouz: British Egyptian playwright, poet and screenwriter. She was awarded the 2014 Fringe First Award for Chef, and her most recent work, Clean, was produced by Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh) and transferred to New York in 2014. In 2012, David Schwimmer made his directorial stage debut with a production of Sabrina's monologue Dry Ice. Her first book was published by Bloomsbury in 2014.Ahdaf Soueif: Renowned Egyptian political and cultural commentator, and author of bestselling The Map of Love, shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1999. www.ahdafsoueif.comKamila Shamsie: Author of six novels, including Burnt Shadows (shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction) and, most recently, A God in Every Stone, which was shortlisted for the Baileys Prize, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2013 was named a Granta Best of Young British Novelist. She grew up in Karachi and now lives in London.Warsan Shire: Award-winning British-Somali writer, poet and editor. Full collection of poetry to be released in 2016 by Flipped Eye. Winner of the African Poetry Prize and 2013 London Young Poet Laureate. Her poetry featured prominently in Beyoncé's 2016 feature length film Lemonade. www.twitter.com/warsan_shireHibaq Osman: Former Roundhouse Slam Champion and author of A Silence You Can Carry, published by Outspoken Press in 2015.Nafeesa Hamid: Emerging spoken word artist, poet, playwrite, BA student. www.twitter.com/NafeesaHamidChimene Suleyman: Chimene Suleyman is a writer. Her debut poetry collection, Outside Looking On (Influx Press, 2014) was mentioned in a Guardian's Best Books list of 2014. She has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Book Slam, Literary Death Match, Bush Theatre, to name a few. She also represented the UK for poetry at the International Biennale, Rome 2011. She has written on race and gender for the Independent, Media Diversified, and The Quietus. Chimene is from London and currently lives in New York. www.chimenesuleyman.comAisha Mirza: Writer, musician and activist from London. She blogs at aboatwithnoengine.wordpress.comMyriam Francois-Cerrah: Writer, broadcaster and academic with a focus on current affairs, France, Islam and the Middle East. She writes a monthly column for the New Statesman’s rolling politics blog, “The Staggers”, and is a regular contributor to Middle East Eye.Amerah Salah: A spoken word artist, workshop facilitator, project coordinator and outspoken human rights supporter. www.amerahsalah.co.ukTriska Hamid: Regular contributor to Vice www.vice.com/en_uk/tag/Triska%20HamidSamira Shackle: Journalist writing mainly on politics, terrorism, and gender, with a particular focus on the Indian Subcontinent. She was awarded the Richard Beeston bursary by the Times newspaper in 2015 and frequently writes for the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Times, Vice and Deutsche Welle. Her work has also appeared in Al-Jazeera, the Independent, Prospect, Monocle, Grazia, Dawn (Pakistan), the Express Tribune (Pakistan) and others. samirashackle.comAmaal Said: Danish-born Somali photographer and poet. She is a member of the Burn After Reading poetry collective and a former Barbican Young Poet. She won the Wasafiri New Writing Prize for poetry in 2015. www.amaalsaid.comAzra Tabassum: Debut poetry collection Shaking the Trees published in 2014.Aakifah Aboobaker: Winner of Poetry Society's SLAMbassadors 2013 (and the first poet to perform on stage in a full burqa in the UK).*More contributors TBC*Sabrina Mahfouz: British Egyptian playwright, poet and screenwriter. She was awarded the 2014 Fringe First Award for Chef, and her most recent work, Clean, was produced by Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh) and transferred to New York in 2014. In 2012, David Schwimmer made his directorial stage debut with a production of Sabrina's monologue Dry Ice. Her first book was published by Bloomsbury in 2014.Ahdaf Soueif: Renowned Egyptian political and cultural commentator, and author of bestselling The Map of Love, shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1999. www.ahdafsoueif.comKamila Shamsie: Author of six novels, including Burnt Shadows (shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction) and, most recently, A God in Every Stone, which was shortlisted for the Baileys Prize, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2013 was named a Granta Best of Young British Novelist. She grew up in Karachi and now lives in London.Warsan Shire: Award-winning British-Somali writer, poet and editor. Full collection of poetry to be released in 2016 by Flipped Eye. Winner of the African Poetry Prize and 2013 London Young Poet Laureate. Her poetry featured prominently in Beyoncé's 2016 feature length film Lemonade. www.twitter.com/warsan_shireHibaq Osman: Former Roundhouse Slam Champion and author of A Silence You Can Carry, published by Outspoken Press in 2015.Nafeesa Hamid: Emerging spoken word artist, poet, playwrite, BA student. www.twitter.com/NafeesaHamidChimene Suleyman: Chimene Suleyman is a writer. Her debut poetry collection, Outside Looking On (Influx Press, 2014) was mentioned in a Guardian's Best Books list of 2014. She has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Book Slam, Literary Death Match, Bush Theatre, to name a few. She also represented the UK for poetry at the International Biennale, Rome 2011. She has written on race and gender for the Independent, Media Diversified, and The Quietus. Chimene is from London and currently lives in New York. www.chimenesuleyman.comAisha Mirza: Writer, musician and activist from London. She blogs at aboatwithnoengine.wordpress.comMyriam Francois-Cerrah: Writer, broadcaster and academic with a focus on current affairs, France, Islam and the Middle East. She writes a monthly column for the New Statesman’s rolling politics blog, “The Staggers”, and is a regular contributor to Middle East Eye.Amerah Salah: A spoken word artist, workshop facilitator, project coordinator and outspoken human rights supporter. www.amerahsalah.co.ukTriska Hamid: Regular contributor to Vice www.vice.com/en_uk/tag/Triska%20HamidSamira Shackle: Journalist writing mainly on politics, terrorism, and gender, with a particular focus on the Indian Subcontinent. She was awarded the Richard Beeston bursary by the Times newspaper in 2015 and frequently writes for the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Times, Vice and Deutsche Welle. Her work has also appeared in Al-Jazeera, the Independent, Prospect, Monocle, Grazia, Dawn (Pakistan), the Express Tribune (Pakistan) and others. samirashackle.comAmaal Said: Danish-born Somali photographer and poet. She is a member of the Burn After Reading poetry collective and a former Barbican Young Poet. She won the Wasafiri New Writing Prize for poetry in 2015. www.amaalsaid.comAzra Tabassum: Debut poetry collection Shaking the Trees published in 2014.Aakifah Aboobaker: Winner of Poetry Society's SLAMbassadors 2013 (and the first poet to perform on stage in a full burqa in the UK).*More contributors TBC*
 
Published April 3, 2017 by Saqi Books. 256 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jane Housham on May 19 2017

Sabrina Mahfouz has put together a lively, varied anthology. As she explains, the writers she has chosen all “identify as having both a British and a Muslim background, regardless of their birthplace, citizenship status or religiosity”.

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