Through her novels and essays, Randa Abdel-Fattah examines issue of racism, multiculturalism and human rights in Australia. Together with activist and author Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Randa discusses what contemporary multiculturalism looks like in Australia today.

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Randa Abdel-Fattah (Australian)

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Randa Abdel-Fattah is an award-winning author, former lawyer, regular media commentator and doctoral candidate researching Islamophobia and racism in Australia. While conducting her PhD research, she was inspired to write the young adult novel about racism, refugees and love, When Michael Met Mina.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied (Australian)

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, social advocate, writer and 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year. She advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Born in Sudan, Yassmin and her family arrived in Australia when she was two. At age 16, Yassmin founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation that enables young people to work together to implement positive change within their communities and internationally. She is the author of Yassmin’s Story.

Joy Lawn (Australian)

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Joy Lawn is a freelance writer and reviewer for The Weekend Australian and Magpies magazine. Her work has also appeared in Books+Publishing, The Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Review of Books. Joy judges several literary awards, including the NSW Premier's Awards. She blogs about literary fiction, young adult and children’s literature at Boomerang Books blog and teaches at University of Southern Queensland.