Randa Abdel-Fattah is a Muslim of Palestinian and Egyptian heritage. She grew up in Melbourne and attended a Catholic Primary School and Islamic Secondary College. Randa has worked as a lawyer, human rights advocate and community volunteer with different human rights and migrant and refugee resource organisations. Randa has used her opinion editorials in newspapers and TV and radio media appearances as a medium for expressing her views about racism, multiculturalism, human rights, the occupation of Palestine and asylum seekers. She recently completed her PhD in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University, researching Islamophobia, racism and everyday multiculturalism in Australia. Randa lives in Sydney with her husband and three children. She has just released her latest novel, When Michael Met Mina, which was inspired by her PhD fieldwork examining issues of race in Australia.
Join Randa Abdel-Fattah as she presents a series of ideas on engaging students with stories in a meaningful way, highlighting the importance of YA fiction.
Randa has used her writing, in all its forms, to express her views about racism, multiculturalism, human rights, the occupation of Palestine and asylum seekers. From her bestselling novel Does My Head Look Big In This to her most recent book When Michael Met Mina (Pan Macmillan), Randa’s works continuously create accessible pathways for readers to meaningfully discuss difficult and urgent social issues.