Sarah Ayoub is a freelance journalist and author. Her writing has appeared in publications including The Guardian, The Sun-Herald, and the Sunday Telegraph. Sarah teaches journalism at The University of Notre Dame in Sydney, where she is currently researching the representations of culturally diverse female teens in Australian Young Adult literature. She is the author of Hate is Such a Strong Word and The Yearbook Committee and is passionate about empowering young people to see the value in their own personal stories. In 2018 Sarah has been a Mentor for the Youth Curators as part of the 2018 All Day YA Program.