Yassmin Abdel-Magied has joined forces with The Other Box to bring you the launch of her first fiction book for young readers, You Must Be Layla - published Penguin Random House and available exclusively in London at this event! Join us for a night of enriching, soul-filling discussion about the book, plus, of course, a reading by Yassmin herself. There'll be the opportunity to buy the book and get it signed too. We can't wait to see you there!
Plan for the night
6pm - Guest registration
6.30pm - The Other Box intro
6.35pm - A short reading from 'You Must Be Layla' by Yassmin
6.45pm - In conversation with Yassmin Abdel-Magied
7.30pm - Networking and signing
More about You Must Be Layla
Layla's mind goes a million miles a minute, so does her mouth - unfortunately her better judgement can take a while to catch up! Although she believes she was justified for doing what she did, a suspension certainly isn't the way she would have wished to begin her time at her fancy new high school. Despite the setback, Layla's determined to show everyone that she does deserve her scholarship and sets her sights on winning a big invention competition. But where to begin?
“A story told with warmth, wit and humour.”
Sandy Fussell, Sunday Telegraph
"Activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s first foray into children’s writing is brimming with social justice passion, punctuated on every page with millennial slang that will delight internet-savvy kids. Layla’s family speaks in their native tongue throughout and it’s fantastic to see this representation within a middle-grade novel.”
Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, Books + Publishing
More about Yassmin Abdel-Magied
Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese born author, broadcaster, social advocate and digital influencer with a background in mechanical engineering. Yassmin founded her first organisation, Youth Without Borders, at the age of 16 and published her debut memoir, Yassmin's Story, with Penguin Random House at age 24. You Must Be Layla is her first work of fiction. An advocate for the empowerment of women, young people and people of colour, Yassmin is an internationally sought after speaker and writer. Her TED talk, What does my headscarf mean to you, has been viewed over two million times and was chosen as one of TED’s top ten ideas of 2015. Yassmin’s critically acclaimed essays have been published in numerous anthologies, including the Griffith Review, the best-selling It’s Not About The Burqa and The New Daughters of Africa.