Secrets of the Henna Girl

Passions and Pressures: Young Women in Fiction; Amy Keen, Sufiya Ahmed and Dr Helen Reid

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07/06/2014 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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suitable for ages 12+

What pressures do young women face in today’s society?

Secrets of the Henna Girl

Secrets of the Henna Girl

In Secrets of a Henna girl, a summer in Pakistan shatters the world of Zeba Khan, while for the heroine of The Foresight Series, Scarlett Roth, life is thrown upside down when she starts having terrifying visions. Join authors Sufiya Ahmed and Amy Keen as they talk about the passions of their heroines and the pressures society places on them. Do young women from different cultures face similar challenges of controlling behaviour and negative attitudes to women? Is there some common ground?

The event will be chaired by Dr Helen Reid, Director of LCI, one of the Big Bookend’s partner organisations. This promises to be a lively event, in which you can ask questions about what it’s like to write for young adults as well as hear the author’s talk about their fabulous books and the life-changing situations their characters face.

Amy Keen At The Big Bookend

Amy Keen

Amy Keen is a Young Adult fiction author whose passion for the paranormal drove her to create a series which would deliver the kind of thrills, suspense and intrigue she grew up devouring. Amy studied Journalism and International Relations at University of Lincoln.

Amy’s current project is The Foresight Series – a trilogy that follows Scarlett Roth – a seemingly ordinary girl whose life takes a sudden twist into the sinister and macabre when she moves to Salem; home of the infamous Witch Trials of the 1600’s. Books one and two are out now and the final instalment is underway. The series is the answer to the question: What if the witch trials aren’t over; what if they have evolved?

Sufiya Ahmed

Sufiya Ahmed

Sufiya Ahmed is the author of Secrets of the Henna Girl, published by Puffin Books. The book was launched on International Women’s Day at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London 2012. It has been translated into Arabic, Spanish and Polish. Secrets of the Henna Girl has been shortlisted for various awards and won both the ‘Published Writer of the Year’ at the Brit Writers Awards in 2012 and the Best Teenage Book at the Redbridge Children’s Book Award 2013.