Including tales of Islamic Tinder, governmental blackmail and an actor’s ghostbusting dreams dashed by her perpetual casting as a jihadi bride, the stories, poems and essays in The Things I Would Tell You immediately obliterate narrow-minded stereotypes of British Muslim women.

Join editor event chair Claire Chambers with Sabrina Mahfouz, and contributors, Kamila Shamsie and Asma Elbadawi, to discuss the significance of the cultural challenges and personal accomplishments showcased within this ground-breaking, eclectic collection of new writing.

The event will consider how these narratives transcend time and place in order to educate, empower and encourage the reader and ultimately help to change the blinkered impressions of British Muslim women still shockingly prevalent in contemporary society.

About The Speakers

Asma Elbadawi

Born in Sudan and raised in England, Asma’s dual heritage deeply influences her creativity, paired with a focus on international development and female empowerment. Published work includes the Muslim women’s anthology ‘The Things I Would Tell You’. Performances include: Liverpool Acoustic Festival, Word of Mouth, London as well as Sudan and Malaysia.

Sabrina Mahfouz

Sabrina Mahfouz is a playwright, poet, screenwriter and performer who has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She has been shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Award for Performance Poetry and has won a Sky Arts Academy Award for Poetry, a Westminster Prize for New Playwrights and a Fringe First Award.


Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie is the author of six novels, the most recent of which, A God in Every Stone, was shortlisted for the Baileys Prize, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. Three of her novels have received awards from Pakistan’s Academy of Letters.

Photo by Zain Mustafa

About The Chair

Claire Chambers

Claire Chambers is a Senior Lecturer in Global Literature at the University of York, where she teaches twentieth and twenty-first century writing in English from South Asia, the Arab world, and their diasporas. Her previous books are British Muslim Fictions, Imagining Muslims in South Asia and the Diaspora, and Britain Through Muslim Eyes.