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Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour: Hiba Noor Khan

Apply now to host a visit from author and activist Hiba Noor Khan at your secondary school in Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, or South Lanarkshire.

The book cover for Safiyyah's War by Hiba Noor Khan next to a headshot of Hiba Noor Khan

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Hiba Noor Khan is joining the Scottish Friendly Children's Book Tour in March with her fiction debut, Safiyyah's War. Hiba has previously written several non-fiction books and one picture book, alongside work as a physics teacher, activist, and Global Diplomacy graduate.

Safiyyah's War transports us to the Grand Mosque of Paris during World War Two, and the true story of how hundreds of persecuted Jews sought refuge there. When Safiyyah's father is arrested by the Nazis for his secret resistance work, it falls to her to work up the courage to enter the treacherous catacombs beneath the city and help lead the Jewish people to safety.

During her visit to your school, Hiba will introduce herself, the book, and her journey to becoming an author, followed by some interactive activities. Hiba will explain the inspiration behind the book, and share stories of her visits to the Grand Mosque of Paris, the catacombs, and the libraries and archives that she frequented to uncover Safiyyah's story. Pupils will have the chance to ask Hiba questions, and talk to her about her varied work.

For smaller audiences (fewer than 40 pupils), Hiba can offer a workshop based around story building, and how to research history to uncover the stories of forgotten heroes like Safiyyah.

When: 4–8 March 2024

Where: Your Secondary schools (Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire)

Audience: S1–S2. Audiences of any size will be considered.

Deadline to apply: Thursday 1st February

If you have any questions or comments, please contact fraser.napier@scottishbooktrust.com(this link will open in a new window)