'CELEBRATING ARTS & CONNECTING COMMUNITIES'

SPEAKERS AND ARTISTS 2018

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi

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Baroness Sayeeda Warsi became the youngest peer in Parliament in 2007 and in 2010 the first Muslim appointed to a British cabinet 

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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown was exiled from her birthplace, Uganda, in 1972. She is a journalist, author and academic.  

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Yvonne Ridley

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Yvonne Ridley a successful author and 2018 saw her publishing two very diverse books.  


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Yaron Matras

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Yaron Matras is a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Manchester and leads the university's Multilingual research unit.

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Baroness Manzila Uddin

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Baroness Manzila Uddin was appointed a life peer in 1988 in recognition of her contribution to community and championing of women’s rights. Manzila became the first Bangladeshi and first Muslim to enter the House of Lords.

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Ajmal Masroor

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Ajmal Masroor is an Imam, fundraiser, broadcaster and Relationship Counsellor. In 2014, he was recognised in the Muslim 500 as one of the most influential Muslims in the world today. 

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Leila Aboulela

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Leila Aboulela is a  

critically acclaimed Sudanese-born author and the first winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing.   

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Dr. Noorah Al-Gailani

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Dr. Noorah Al-Gailani has been Curator of Islamic Civilisations at Glasgow Museums since 2003. 

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Maboobeh Rajabi

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Mahboobeh Rajabi is a digital artist and theatre maker. She uses different art forms including dance, movement and digital arts.

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Rosemarie Hudson

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Rosemarie Hudson is British publisher and comes from a background in PR, radio and film.  

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Samia Hathroubi

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Samia Hathroubi the European Coordinator for the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding and a former Professor of History of Formation in Seine-Saint-Denis.

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Qaisra Shahraz

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Qaisra Shahraz is a novelist, scriptwriter, education consultant and peace and women's rights activist. She has two Masters Degrees in English & European literature and scriptwriting for television.

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