Later today at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, I’m reading the work of Malala Yousafzai. Here’s a bit about her:
Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan. As a child, she became an advocate for girls’ education, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Malala when she was traveling home from school. She survived, and has continued to speak out on the importance of education. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, and again in 2014.
The piece I’m reading is called ‘The Day I woke up in Hospital’ and is an extract from the book ‘I am Malala‘ by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb. I feel humbled and honoured to be reading something so moving and meaningful.
There are four authors reading tomorrow. We’ve all volunteered because we wanted to read the work by authors who have had their right to freedom of expression violated, been imprisoned, persecuted, forced into exile or even killed for their work.
Here’s what the programme says about tomorrow’s event: