Yasmin Abdel-Magied

Sudanese-Australian writer and media presenter, Yasmin Abdel-Magied is something of a superstar. Following an early career as a mechanical engineer and formula 1 commentator, she is now a published writer for children. 

Yasmin was named Young Queenslander of the year in 2010 and Queensland Australian of the Year in 2015 for her engagement in community work.

In this episode, Yasmin talks about her clever, forthright and well-meaning heroine, Layla.




About Listen, Layla
The hilarious follow-up title to You Must Be Layla by Yassmin Abdel-Magied. I am Layla Kareem Abdel-Hafiz Hussein, the greatest Sudanese Australian inventor the world has ever seen. And if they don’t know my name yet, they soon will. Inshallah!

School’s out for the summer! And Layla’s going to spend it getting her inventions ready for the Grand Design Competition. But when her grandmother falls ill and her family must rush to Sudan to be with her, Layla feels like she’s being pulled in many different directions. Family, friends, home, inventions – there’s a lot to navigate.

With big protests looming in Sudan, could Layla save the day with her revolutionary ideas?

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