Winner: 'Young Journalist', Guild of Health Writers' Awards 2018 and 'New Journalist', PPA New Talent Awards 2017. I've written for British VOGUE, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, VICE, i-D, Dazed, AnOther etc
Red Or White? How My Wedding Dress Choice Is Affecting My Thoughts On Identity
For bride-to-be Layla Haidrani, the simple choice between wedding dress colours has made her question her identity more profoundly than ever before.
This memoir is a rallying cry for gen Z optimism in a world without hope
21-year-old Jeremiah Emmanuel’s debut book, 'Dreaming In A Nightmare', is about having hope in the future, despite whatever obstacles are holding us back.
Why Nels Abbey Wrote a Satirical Guide to Thinking Like A White Man
Layla Haidrani talks to the author about his new book, Think Like A White Man – now available in the UK – which satirically guides POC and Black readers how to navigate white-dominated workplaces
18 Books by Black British Writers to Read Now
Layla Haidrani details 18 books by some of the most exciting new black voices in the world of British literature
What It's Really Like To Be An Arab Woman Reporting From The Front Line
The brand-new anthology chronicles the uncharted challenges of female Arab correspondents reporting from the front line
Will Getting Married Sabotage My Relationship With My Twin?
When Layla Haidrani got engaged, she was forced to question the closest relationship in her life.
The Hidden Financial Costs Of Cancer
Often, the stress caused by unexpected costs such as lost earnings, increased travel or higher heating bills can begin to overshadow the cancer itself
"Dinners, dates and nights out paled in significance compared to the hallowed 9pm slot"
The Pandemic Has Eased The Cultural Expectations On My Wedding
In keeping with the traditions of my heritage, I've felt growing pressure to squash the idea of a small celebration.
The Female Authors Bringing Working Class Voices to the Front
Several new voices have emerged this year, dedicated to showcasing the multiplicities of working-class lives. Given that these books offer more than simply grit, could publishing then be heralding a new era for women working-class writers?
The difficulty with asserting your beauty identity when you’re mixed race
We explore the confusion of navigating your personal identity when you have multiple heritages with conflicting beauty standards
Meeting Derek Owusu, the first novelist on Stormzy’s Merky Books
The author discusses his debut novel That Reminds Me, a searing exploration of childhood, identity, race, and mental health
The Relationship Between Sexual Health And Middle Eastern Women Is Changing
A new generation of safe spaces redefining Middle Eastern women's attitudes toward sexual health
Naji Bakhti’s Debut Novel Rewrites the Lebanese Experience
With protests and uprisings showing no sign of stopping around the world, Naji Bakhti’s debut coming-of-age tale feels particularly prescient.
69 new books by Black and POC authors out in 2021
2021 is jam-packed with books spanning race, identity and finance as well as love, kink and much more.