Panels, Universities and Literary Festivals

I’m an experienced speaker at numerous panels, universities and literary festivals in the UK and abroad.

Panels and Universities

I've chaired, hosted and spoken at panels and universities including chairing a panel at University of Oxford, City University London,  delivering  a Keynote Speech at the University of Salford’s Journalism Department,  Asian Media Awards and the International Journalism Festival in Italy, among other appearances.  Subjects I’ve discussed include the mainstream media’s role in covering male violence against women in the UK and Italy, the need for greater diversity in British newsrooms and the future of the media and newspapers in the UK.

A selection of my appearances can be found here:

University of Oxford (2018)

I chaired a panel ‘Is Journalism Out of Touch?’ at University of Oxford’s longest-running student publication ISIS Magazine (eminent contributors include Evelyn Waugh and Sylvia Plath) alongside Ash Sarkar, author Hussein Kesvani and The Guardian’s Jim Waterson.

International Journalism Festival (2017)

In recognition of my award-winning journalism on gender and women, I was invited to Italy to speak on the panel ‘Do not call it a crime of passion’, focusing on the media’s role in covering male violence against women in the UK and Italy. Alongside Italian journalists including freelance journalists Claudia Torrisi and Cristiana Bedei, author and photographer Stefania Prandi and Forbes' Assistant Editor Sofia Lotto Persio, we discussed the need to reshape traditional coverage of male violence. You can watch me from 35 minutes in.

Literary Festivals

I’ve also spoken at a number of literary festivals across the UK as a Contributing Author of the Amazon #1 best-selling book ‘It’s Not About the Burqa’, including Birmingham Literature Festival, Kenilworth Arts Festival and Foyles Charing Cross Road.

A selection of my appearances can be found here:

Foyles Charing Cross Road (2020)

To celebrate the Paperback launch of ‘It’s Not About the Burqa’, I spoke alongside several of my fellow Contributing Authors to discuss what’s changed since the publication of the book in February 2019, identity, faith, my multi-award-winning journalism and more.

Kenilworth Arts Festival (2019)

I spoke alongside several of my fellow Contributing Authors about the contemporary Muslim female narrative, identity, faith, my multi-award-winning journalism and the impact that the publication of ‘It’s Not About the Burqa’ had on a UK and international readership.


In recognition of my multi-award-winning writing, I’ve since been invited to appear on IGTV Live with Influx Press, Hungama and Safe House London. I’ve discussed my career  highlights and achievements to date,  representation within the journalism industry,  being a WoC in the creative industries, new book releases, the intersection between LGBTQ+ identity and contemporary faith and more.

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