Hertfordshire-based Yasmin Rahman is an award-winning British Muslim author for young adults who is tackling head-on problems in modern attitudes to mental health.
After abandoning her childhood dreams of becoming a postwoman, Rahman committed herself to writing diverse and important stories for young people. Her short story, ‘Fortune Favours the Bold’ was published in Stripes’ anthology A Change is Gonna Come in 2017, with the Bookseller awarding the contributors a YA Book Prize Special Achievement Award 2018 for commitment to making YA publishing more inclusive.
All the Things We Never Said is her debut novel, taking a bold, brave and sensitive look at youth suicide and the life-saving power of friendship. It follows 16-year-old Mehreen, in a tender and honest story about struggling with mental health. The young girl finds solace in a community she finds online, but Rahman delves unflinchingly into the dark realities of spaces that might not be as safe as they initially seem.
Rahman has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Hertfordshire as well as an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University.
- Festival dates:
- 15–31 Aug 2020
- Programme launch:
- end of July