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About

Award-winning journalist, writer, content consultant.

A freelance writer, editor Guardian journalist and content specialist, I’ve been a news editor on London weeklies, a reporter at the Times and an Evening Standard correspondent. I’ve written for everything from Marie Claire, Cosmo and Time Out to specialist trade mags and websites. My first book will be published in 2020, Made Possible, a collection of essays about success by people with learning disabilities. The book is partly inspired by my youngest sister.  I’m a trustee of a charity for siblings of disabled children and adults, Sibs, and an RSA fellow (Royal Society of Arts). I’ve been shortlisted for the British Journalism Awards for Specialist Media 2018 and the European Diversity Awards 2016.

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

Journalism

Journalism

Recent work

Click on the images 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 work with organisations to write and edit engaging, human interest content – from reports to thought leadership pieces and web content. I manage supplements, website redesigns or special communications projects, and offer one-to-one editorial coaching sessions.

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

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

My first book will be published in May 2020, 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 groundbreaking book, partly influenced by my learning disabled sister, challenges current narratives and presents the stories of learning disabled professionals – in their own words.

The book’s contributors are pioneers in competitive fields like the arts, politics and campaigning.

Read more about Made Possible in this Guardian article or head to the website of my publisher, Unbound, to watch a two minute video about the book.

You can pre-order the book from stores like Waterstones or Foyles,

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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