About

Award-winning writer

I’m an author, freelance journalist and content consultant specialising in social justice, equality, diversity and voluntary and community issues. My book Made Possible is out now, an anthology on human rights and diversity inspired by my youngest sister who happens to have a disability. My writing appears in titles like the The Guardian, The Independent and Byline Times. Before this, I was the Evening Standard’s social affairs correspondent, a reporter at The Times and wrote for Marie Claire, Cosmo and Time Out. I started out as a local news reporter and news editor of a series of central London local weeklies and covered community affairs and housing for specialist magazines . I’m the chair of Sibs, the charity for siblings of disabled people, an ambassador for the National Development Team for Inclusion and an RSA fellow (Royal Society of Arts).

For more, see LinkedIn. Or check out my poetry 😉

Journalism

Journalism

Recent work

Click on the images below, see my author pages on The Guardian, The Independent or Byline Times websites, or ask me for other articles.

You can also see my writing on The Social Issue blog.

Consultancy

Consultancy

Content and editorial

With a focus on social affairs, voluntary and community issues, I write and edit human interest content, from reports to articles and press briefings, thought leadership pieces and social media or web content. I project manage supplements, website redesigns or special communications campaigns, and offer one-to-one coaching and editorial advice.

Recent reports:

Above and Beyond – how the voluntary sector adds value to communities, (for the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group).

Space to Live – home ownership for disabled people (for Disability Rights UK and Advance Housing & Support).

Another Way – improving care for learning disabled people (for the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group).

Making it Real – guide to good practice in social care (for national care partnership Think Local, Act Personal).

Get in touch to see other examples of my consultancy work.

The book: Made Possible

The book: Made Possible

Made Possible

Stories of success, by people with learning disabilities – in their own words

‘A bold wake-up call for those who doubt what people with learning disabilities can do’ – Sally Phillips 

A call to arms to confront continued discrimination’ – Sir Norman Lamb

Made Possible, influenced by my learning disabled sister Raana, is a book about success by people with learning disabilities – in their own words.

It’s about diversity and human rights and features life stories from successful people in theatre, film, music, art, sport, campaigning and politics.

Made Possible has five star reader reviews on Amazon, GoodReads and Waterstones

Press includes Radio 4’s Today programme, the Guardian, The Week Junior, gal-dem magazine, the Eastern Eye , London and Sussex newspapers, regional BBC radio

The book’s also been featured in magazines like Community Living, Enable, Learning Disability Today, The MJ, My Family Our Needs and Friendili

I’ve spoken about Made Possible at numerous events including talks with the book’s contributors at City Lit college, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Manchester Histories Festival (watch from 4:04:19), at Disability Rights UK‘s annual conference and at the British Institute of Human Rights. Podcasts and interviews include RNIB Radio, Challenging Behaviours podcast and the Shelf Help Club

Contact me about speaking, events and interviews.

Testimonials and awards

Testimonials and awards

What people say about my work

‘Good quality reporting and a passion for crusading journalism.’ The late Brian MacArthur,  Fleet Street veteran.

‘An authoritative writer’.  Sarah Jewell, Guardian supplements and microsites editor.

‘Saba’s guidance, knowledge, research skills and writing abilities delivered informative resources of the highest quality.’  Bob Green OBE, Stonewall Housing chief executive.

‘A talent for turning complex issues into powerful stories.’  John Adams, OBE, independent social care and charity advisor.

‘A talented news reporter and writer.’ Mike Leese, ex-Evening Standard news editor.

I’ve been a finalist in the media category for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2020, a finalist in the British Journalism Awards for Specialist Media 2018 and a finalist, Journalist of the Year, in the European Diversity Awards 2016 My work to relaunch trade magazine Housing Today helped the title win several press awards, I was runner up in the Commission for Racial Equality Race in the Media Awards and won the best writer award on my postgrad journalism course.

Get in touch

Contact

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