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A Fly Girl's Guide to University

Sunday, Mar 17 2019
18:00 - 20:00
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Waithera Sebatindira, Lola Olufemi
location: To be confirmed

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A Fly Girl’s Guide to University is a collection of memoirs, essays, poetry and prose from four women of colour who studied at the University of Cambridge. We’ll be celebrating and exploring this phenomenal new book with three of the authors Lola Olufemi, Waithera Sebatindira and Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan.

A Fly Girl’s Guide is a multifaceted calling out of the wrongness underpinning their shared experience at Cambridge, and the experiences of others in similar institutions throughout the UK.

The core of the event will include readings, performances and a panel Q& A chaired by Lighthouse bookseller & Edinburgh University graduate Noor Hemani. In the spirit of the book we’ll also be featuring testimony, poetry and other performances by Edinburgh University students.

As they describe it: ‘The purpose of our book is simple: we believe that our lives, our experiences, and our voices matter, especially in a place of power, pervasive whiteness and exclusivity. Our voices not only deserve to be heard but must be because the ‘Cambridge experience’ of a middle-class, white, cisgendered, able-bodied man is not the only one. Ours cannot be silenced.’

A Fly Girl’s Guide to University is itself a form of activism. It is a fearless sharing of their experiences and a powerful counter to previously silenced truths. They want their work to act as a disruption, a hope, and a symbol that though marginalised in many ways and many spaces, they are very much alive, evolving and powerful.

**Thanks to a collaboration with the University of Edinburgh’s Liberations Campaign places for this event are FREE to Edinburgh University Students. **

**All other tickets are redeemable against the book and as ever we have 15 free tickets available for this event! These are intended to make the evening accessible to those who are unwaged/ on benefits/ might not otherwise be able to attend - If you can afford a £3 ticket please book one as this supports the bookshop and allows us to save free places for those who can’t, thanks! **

**Remember you can book directly in the bookshop and save yourself the Eventbrite fee! **

**Accessibility: The venue will be wheelchair accessible, seated, and the speakers will have microphones. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, we’re happy to help however we can: books@lighthousebookshop.com **

The Writers:

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a writer, spoken-word poet, and educator invested in unlearning the modalities of knowledge she has internalised, disrupting power relations, and asking questions around narratives to do with race, gender, Islamophobia, state violence and decoloniality. Suhaiymah regularly speaks and workshops on racism, Islamophobia, feminism and poetry across the UK as well as writing about those topics at her website, www.thebrownhijabi.com. She is trying her best to destabilise accepted narratives and disrupt the tendency to fall into binary explanations, insha’Allah.

Waithera Sebatindira is a Law graduate from Trinity Hall and recently completed her MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies at the same College. While facilitator of FLY, and with the indispensable support of its founders and a group of committed women of colour, she expanded the group’s membership and reach. She went on to become the first woman of colour to hold the position of full-time Women’s Officer on the Cambridge University Students’ Union and, during her tenure, campaigned on behalf of woman and non-binary students on campus while coordinating decolonial efforts across campus.

Lola Olufemi is a black feminist and organiser from London, currently studying for a masters student in Gender Studies and writing a book on reclaiming feminism for young people which will be published by Pluto Press in 2020. She has a degree in English Literature from Cambridge University where she facilitated FLY from 2015-16 and was was the Cambridge University Students Union Women’s Officer from 2017-18. During her time at university she was heavily involved in student activism, working on, amongst others: the establishment of support for survivors of sexual violence, decolonising the curriculum and opposing the marketisation of higher education. She is currently the NUS Second Place on the NUS Women’s Campaign & sits on the National Executive Council.

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