New York Times Bestselling author (and Aberdeen graduate), Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé discusses her debut novel, the young adult thriller, Ace of Spades.
Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is a writer from South London who has dreamt of writing books about Black kids saving (or destroying) the world all her life. She describes her debut YA novel as ‘a love letter to queer Black teenagers who feel powerless and alone finally finding their voices.’ She graduated from University of Aberdeen in 2021.
Ace of Spades is a compelling, incendiary and unputdownable thriller billed as Get Out meets Gossip Girl with a shocking twist. Set in an elite private school, when someone begins spreading rumours about the only two Black students there, they are forced to fight, not just for their reputations, but for their lives too.
Faridah established and runs a mentorship scheme for unagented writers of colour, helping them on their journey to get published. She has also written for NME, The Bookseller, Reader’s Digest and gal-dem. Listed as a young star on 2021’s POWERLIST: Britain’s Most Influential People of African, African Caribbean and African American Heritage, Faridah recently featured as one of VOGUE magazine’s 12 boundary-breaking young visionaries bringing fresh, exciting perspectives to the creative industries.
This event will take place online and is part of the WayWORD Festival, a student-led literary arts festival taking place 19 to 26 September 2021 with a vibrant blend of online and in-person events.
Find out more on www.waywordfestival.com
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