Creative Engagement at CIVIC SQUARE


  • Sofia Saghir
    Sofia Saghir
    Publishing Graduate + Book Reviewer

    Publishing graduate, online book reviewer and passionate about promoting diverse literature.

    You can see some of her reviews on her Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi-g1vHoitQIVITqNSXEKZQ?view_as=subscriber


Zoom web conferencing


15 May 2021


2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

On the Settee with Sofia Saghir

In The Front Room, the settee offers a place of sanctuary; a place where you can take a load off. On ours, you’ll discover conversations that will slot into your day like a catch up with an old friend, or your favourite song – something that makes you feel at home, open, yet vulnerable and connected through the stories we tell ourselves and one another.

On the Settee…Beyond Books edition with t
he stories and voices we read and hear

Our new season of ‘On the Settee’ programming features a range of folk from across Birmingham’s reading, writing and book selling community. Books, reading and access to ideas, experiences and stories can be found at the heart of exploring yourself and the world around you. Who is writing these stories? Whose experiences are being heard? What voices are being excluded? How are books being accessed in the city?

There may be a growing movement to make publishing more inclusive and representative but have these changes made their way into what books we are able to buy and read? How are books used as tools for dreamers, for people to reimagine a collective future where we see prosperity, health and equity for all? Who are the writers that are challenging dominant narratives and asking us to question and reevaluate the status quo?

Who’s on the Settee today?

Sofia Saghir:

Sofia is a 22 year old recent publishing graduate and book reviewer. She has been reviewing books online for around 7 years and has always been dedicated to promoting diverse literature. As part of her final year university dissertation Sofia focused on diversity within children’s and YA fiction. 

Join Danni and Sofia as we hear about what her university research has revealed when it comes to YA and representation. Are we seeing a change with diversity in publishing? What do young adults want to read? Who are the popular YA writers? As a recent publishing graduate what hopes does Sofia have for the publishing industry when it comes to children’s and YA books?

This conversation will be held in a Zoom webinar format. The session will be streamed live from On The Settee, or you can register below to take part in the Q&A via Zoom.