About me

Award-winning writer

I’m an author, editor, freelance journalist and content consultant. My book Made Possible is an anthology on human rights and neurodiversity, influenced by my sister Raana.

I specialise in social affairs and untold stories – like Elliott’s, in this Tortoise Media podcast. I’m a long time contributor to The Guardian, where I’ve also commissioned and edited articles and supplements. You’ll find my work in The Independent, Byline Times and various magazines and journals. From summer 2022, I start a new freelance role as editor of Community Living, a magazine about equality and inclusion.

I started in news as a reporter for The Times and as the Evening Standard’s local government and social affairs correspondent. I wrote for magazines like Marie Claire, Cosmo, She and Time Out, and before that I was a reporter then news editor on a series of central London local papers. I’ve also covered community affairs and was an editor on a housing magazine.

I’m the chair of the charity Sibs, an ambassador for the National Development Team for Inclusion, an RSA fellow (Royal Society of Arts) and a member of the Society of Authors. I’m a Press Awards 2020 winner and a finalist in the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2020.

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Portrait: Nicola Bensley

Journalism

Journalism

My articles

Click the images below, read my pages on The Guardian, The Independent or Byline Times websites, or ask me to see more articles.

Speaking

Speaking

Speaking, chairing and events

I’m an experienced interviewer, speaker, chair of the charity Sibs and ambassador for social inclusion non-profit NDTi. I’ve spoken live on BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 4’s Today and World At One programmes, regional BBC radio and podcasts including with Tortoise Media and Byline Times I’ve taken part in and led debates and Q&As including events for the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group, British Academy, Portcullis House, City Lit Institute, British Institute of Human Rights, Disability Rights UK and Learning Disability England.

Please contact me about event bookings.

Consultancy

Content consultancy

Editorial support and mentoring

I run coaching and mentoring sessions to enable organisations to elevate their editorial content. I write and edit human interest print and digital material, from reports, articles and press briefings to thought leadership pieces and social media copy.

Recent commissions include:

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

The book: Made Possible

My book: Made Possible

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

Read the ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ reviews on Amazon, GoodReads and Waterstones

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

Sir Norman Lamb: ‘A call to arms to confront continued discrimination’

Sir Simon Baron-Cohen: ‘A gem of an anthology…it will contribute to our growing understanding, acceptance and celebration of “neurodiversity”‘

Charles Fernyhough: ‘A timely and essential collection’

Made Possible, influenced by my disabled sister Raana, features life stories from successful people in the arts, sport, campaigning and politics.

Press includes Radio 4’s Today programme, the Guardian, The Week Junior, gal-dem, Eastern Eye , London and Sussex newspapers, regional BBC radio, The Psychologist, Community Living, Enable, Learning Disability Today, The MJ, My Family Our Needs and Friendili

Talks include City Lit college, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kindness Fest, Manchester Histories Festival (from 4:04:19), Disability Rights UK, British Institute of Human Rights, RNIB Radio

Pro bono work

Pro bono work

Social causes

Regular unpaid charity commitments include roles as the chair of Sibs and as an ambassador for NDTi (the National Development Team for Inclusion). As a freelance, self-employed person, I have to limit the time I spend on not-for-profit or reduced rate work, but when possible, I try and contribute to projects related to disability and neurodiversity issues.

Testimonials and awards

Testimonials and awards

What people say about my work

‘Salman’s work drives awareness of the devastating impact of Covid-19 on neurodiverse people.’ The Press Awards judges.

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

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

‘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.

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

Winner – Press Awards 2020 reporting diversity

Finalist – Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2020 media category

Finalist – British Journalism Awards for Specialist Media 2018

Finalist – European Diversity Awards 2016 Journalist of the Year

Runner-up – Commission for Racial Equality Race in the Media Awards

Specialist press awards for Housing Today, where I was deputy editor.

Best writer award – postgrad journalism course

Get in touch

Contact

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