> Skip to content
Yassmin Abdel-Magied
Photo Credit: Ivan Weiss

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

On tour

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese Australian writer, recovering mechanical engineer and award-winning social advocate who writes and speaks on politics, society, culture and technology. She has published three books with Penguin Random House, including two middle grade novels (You Must Be Layla and the award-winning Listen, Layla), which she is now adapting for screen. Yassmin is also developing a slate of projects for the stage and screen.
A globally sought-after adviser on issues at the intersections of race, gender and faith, Yassmin has spoken in over twenty-five countries on social justice and inclusive leadership. She founded her first organisation, Youth Without Borders, at the age of sixteen, leading it for nine years before co-founding two other organisations focused on serving women of colour. Her TED talk ‘What does my headscarf mean to you?’ has been viewed over 2.5 million times and was selected as one of TED’s top 10 ideas.
In all her work, Yassmin is an advocate for transformative justice and a fairer, safer world for all.

Related events

More features

Article
A call to action

Yassmin's Story author Yassmin Abdel-Magied discusses International Women’s Day.

Article
9 audiobooks for the whole family to enjoy

The perfect way to listen and learn! 

Article
The best new books for high school students

Keep the classroom engaged with these new books for teens.

Article
Read these books before your kids go back to school

Books for first timers, experienced students or parents at home.

Article
Listen, Layla Book Club Notes

Reading group discussion questions for ages 12+.

Article
Bold, wise and funny girls

The best books for educators to share on International Women’s Day 2021

Article
Superproofs are here!

In stores July 2021, until stocks run out.

Article
CBCA Book Award Notables 2022

Fourteen Penguin and Puffin books have been selected for the CBCA Book Awards Notables list.