'I am their daughter. They are me. I am my Baba's stubborn back bone and his great brows. I am my mum's resilience and wide birthing hips. I am their traditions, their hang ups, their loss, their tears. I am their human, their child.'
Born on Christmas Day to parents who had emigrated to Britain from Bangladesh, Nadiya Hussain grew up in a Muslim family with five siblings. She entered an arranged marriage aged twenty, becoming a wife and mother herself; suffers with panic disorder; and had never been on a train on her own until she travelled to audition for The Great British Bake-Off: ‘I was everything – a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother – but I still was nowhere near finding me.’
Nadiya will be interviewed live on stage to celebrate the publication of her new book Finding My Voice. Join the TV presenter, cook and bestselling author, as she considers her roles as mother, Muslim, working woman and celebrity, and questions the barriers which many women must cross to be accepted or heard. In her own warm, honest and humorous way, Nadiya highlights how, at the core of it all, we are essentially tackling the same issues despite our cultural, social and religious differences.
The event will be followed by a book signing with Nadiya. Copies of the book will be on sale on the night.
Supported by Viv Groskop
Viv Groskop is a writer, critic, broadcaster and stand-up comedian. She has presented Front Row and Saturday Review on BBC Radio 4, is a regular on BBC1’s This Week and has hosted book tours for Graham Norton, Jo Brand and Jennifer Saunders. Groskop’s books include The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature, and How to Own the Room: Women and the Art of Brilliant Speaking. She is currently writing a self-help memoir titled Au Revoir, Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature due out in 2020.vivgroskop.com/