Emma Craigie

Emma Craigie

What Was Never Said: A YA novel set in Bristol, dedicated to Integrate Bristol and ending FGM

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Mon 19 October 2015

Emma Craigie

What Was Never Said: A YA novel set in Bristol, dedicated to Integrate Bristol and ending FGM

Emma Craigie
Mon 19 October 2015,

Set in Bristol and dedicated to the inspirational members of Integrate Bristol, Emma Craigie’s new young adult novel What Was Never Said  is  the powerful story of a girl navigating the demands of two very different and conflicting worlds; a tale of surviving loss and overcoming fears.

15-year-old Zahra is determined to save herself and her younger sister Sam Sam from the threat of female genital mutilation. Zahra has lived in England most of her life, but she is haunted by memories of her early childhood in Africa: the warm sun, the loud gunfire, and the happy days playing with her older sister before “the visitors” came. It is hard for Zahra to make sense of everything that happened, and the terrible events are impossible to talk about, but when three familiar women arrive unexpectedly for tea, Zahra realises that the dangers of the past could still destroy her.

At this event for parents, teachers and young people (aged 12+), Emma will discuss the novel and the issue of FGM, and will talk to some of the young people she met during her research for the book.

 

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