Online or outside, everyone is shouting about something. But what if someone decides to live their life in silence? In this discussion, acclaimed authors Mona Arshi and Ayisha Malik question the very nature of silence and its effect on us, as individuals and collectively, as a society. 

The theme of silence is explored by both authors in their new books, Somebody Loves You by Arshi, who is a former human rights lawyer and regularly appears on Radio 4, and The Movement by Malik, a W.H. Smith fresh talent pick who won the 2020 Diversity Book Awards.

Join our panel as they reconsider what it means to have a voice.

About The Authors

Mona Arshi

Mona Arshi worked as a human rights lawyer for a decade before she received a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and won the inaugural Magma Poetry competition in 2011. Mona was a prize winner in the 2013 Troubadour International Competition and joint winner of the Manchester Creative Writing Poetry Prize in 2014. Her debut collection ‘Small Hands’ won the Forward Prize for best first collection in 2015.

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Ayisha Malik

Ayisha Malik’s adult novels Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, The Other Half of Happiness, and This Green and Pleasant Land were met with great critical acclaim. Ayisha was a WHSmith Fresh Talent Pick and Sofia Khan has been a CityReads London book. Her children’s books include a re-telling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and The Seven Sisters. She is winner of The Diversity Book Awards and has been shortlisted for The Asian Women of Achievement Award, Marie Claire’s Future Shapers’ Awards and the h100 Awards. Her latest novel, The Movement, is out July 2022.