Masterclass: Writing with Cultural Sensitivity
Zoom Masterclass with Abda Khan
Abda Khan is a lawyer turned writer. She mainly writes literary fiction, and is the author of two published novels. Stained (2016, Harvard Square Editions, described by Booklist USA as the ‘contemporary Tess of the d’Urbervilles) and Razia (2019, Unbound). She has just finished writing her third novel, which is a gripping courtroom drama, and she is undertaking research for her fourth book, which will be her first historical novel, inspired by her late father’s service in the Second World War, fighting in Burma. creative writing, both independently and in collaboration with various organisations. She specialises in issues concerning culturally sensitive writing. She also works with community organisations, schools, charities and various literary festivals. Abda undertakes various creative projects. She is committed to community projects that allow for engagement from members of communities that are generally underrepresented in the creative arts sector. She is also a mentor, campaigner, public speaker, Desi Blitz Arts Ambassador, and a Lloyds Bank Women of the Future Ambassador. Abda has received recognition for her work including Highly Commended as a finalist (in the Arts & Culture category) in the Nat West Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2017, and she won British Muslim Woman of the Year at the British Muslim Awards 2019. Most recently she was shortlisted for the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Law Society Excellence Awards 2020.