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About

Award-winning journalist, writer, commissioning editor.

A freelance Guardian writer on social affairs, I’ve been a news editor on London local weeklies, a reporter at the Times and the Evening Standard’s local government and social affairs correspondent. I’ve written for everything from Marie Claire, Cosmo and Time Out to specialist trade mags and blogs. I’ve been shortlisted for the British Journalism Awards for Specialist Media 2018 and the European Diversity Awards 2016. My blog, The Social Issue, has been named the Guardian’s “best of the web”. I’m a trustee of a charity for siblings of disabled children and adults, Sibs, and an RSA fellow (Royal Society of Arts).My first book will be published in 2020, Made Possible, a collection of essays about success by people with learning disabilities (yes you read that right – scroll down this page for more). The book – available to pre-order here – is partly inspired by my youngest sister

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

Journalism

Journalism

Recent work

Click the links below, see my Guardian page or ask me for other articles.

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

Consultancy

Consultancy

Editorial support

I copywrite and edit engaging, human interest content – from reports to thought leadership pieces, policy briefings, blogs and web content. I also manage editorial projects like website redesigns or supplements, and offer one-to-one communications coaching sessions.

Examples:

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

Space to Live, a report on home ownership for disabled people, for Disability Rights UK and Advance Housing & Support

Another Way, a report on improving care for learning disabled people after the Winterbourne View care scandal, for VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group)

Making it Real, a practical guide to good practice and ‘personalisation’ in social care, for national care partnership Think Local, Act Personal.

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

The book: Made Possible

The book: Made Possible

Made Possible

Essays on success, by high-achieving people with learning disabilities.

Over 2018-19, I’m researching, writing and editing Made Possible, a crowdfunded collection of essays on success by high-achieving people with learning disabilities.

Have you ever heard a person with a learning disability talk about their talent, or share the secret of their success?

The UK’s 1.5m people with learning disabilities are usually talked about as scroungers or superheroes.

This book, partly inspired by my learning disabled sister, challenges current narratives and presents the stories of learning disabled professionals in their own words.

These are the stories of groundbreaking pioneers in competitive fields like the arts, politics and campaigning.

Made Possible is happening thanks to its incredible patrons, all of whom will be listed as supporters in the book.

Read more about Made Possible in this Guardian article.

Pre-order the book, Made Possible, from my publisher Unbound and get your name in every edition as a supporter (click on “pledge” to pre-order a copy).

Testimonials

Testimonials

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 was shortlisted for the British Journalism Awards for Specialist Media 2018 and for Journalist of the Year in the European Diversity Awards 2016 based on my Guardian articles on learning disability and disability issues. 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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