‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.’ – Groucho Marx
Na’ima B. Robert
Na’ima B Robert is descended from Scottish Highlanders on her father’s side and the Zulu people on her mother’s side. She was born in Leeds, grew up in Zimbabwe and went to university in London. At high school, her loves included performing arts, public speaking and writing stories that shocked her teachers.
Her popular ‘From my sisters’ lips’ explored the reality of living as a Muslim woman in the West. She has written several multicultural books for children, including ‘The Swirling Hijaab’, ‘Going to Mecca’ and ‘Ramadan Moon’. She is also the author of the teen novels ‘From Somalia, with love’, ‘Boy vs Girl’, ‘Black Sheep’ and the award-winning ‘Far from Home’, a historical novel set in Zimbabwe. Her cult classic ‘She Wore Red Trainers’ pioneered the ‘halal romance novel’ genre. She divides her time between London and Yorkshire and dreams of living on a farm with her own horses. Until then, she is happy to keep telling untold stories, calling for increased representation in children’s books and mentoring other aspiring Muslim writers with her writing groups and programmes.