Sabrina Mahfouz to edit anthology of writing by British Muslim women

We are delighted to have acquired world rights to Hear Us Now: Writings by British Muslim Women, edited by Sabrina Mahfouz.

Hear us Now brings together the works of over twenty women writers of Muslim heritage, from established literary heavyweights, such as Adhaf Soueif, Leila Aboulela and Kamila Shamsie, to young emerging artists currently leading the way on the UK’s spoken word scene, such as Asma Elbadawi, Amina Jama and Nafeesa Hamid.

Edited by award-winning poet and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz, Hear Us Now showcases the talent and tenacity of Muslim women writers in Britain today. It includes new poetry, fiction and prose exploring questions of love, identity and belonging, as well as immigration and the rights of women.

This anthology is a creative call to arms for Muslim women in Britain, with an aim of encouraging the next generation of writers. An extensive PR campaign will be planned on publication, with events and readings in bookshops, theatres, community centres and women’s shelters, as well as a series of writing workshops for Muslim women and girls throughout the UK, in collaboration with Arts Council England.

Lynn Gaspard, publisher, said ‘We’re very excited to be working with Sabrina Mahfouz, and proud to be publishing such exceptionally talented women writers. This will be a vitally important anthology, especially in light of the terrible rise in hate crimes against Muslim women in this country. I hope that Hear Us Now will help widen the discussion about what it means to be a Muslim woman today and encourage more women to express themselves without fear of discrimination.’

Hear us Now: Writings by British Muslim Women, edited by Sabrina Mahfouz will be published by Saqi Books in April 2017.