I am Shahida Nessa Rahman. I was born and raised in Cambridge, England.
I write historical fiction, non-fiction and short stories including the following:
‘Ibrahim-Where in the Spectrum Does he Belong?’ (Perfect Publishers 2005) is a memoir about raising a son with a learning disorder. The book increases awareness of autism, particularly in the Bangladeshi society, where it was not widely recognised in the 1990’s.
‘Lascar’ (Indigo Dreams Publishing 2012) is a work of historical fiction inspired by a paternal ancestor, a Lascar (seaman). The novel revives the story of these unsung heroes and draws attention to their plight, educating people through the use of fictional characters. ‘Lascar’ was shortlisted for the Muslim Writers Awards, Unpublished Novel Award (2008) and long listed for the Brit Writers Unpublished Novel Award (2010). Other works of Mrs Rahman include: ‘The Integration of the Hijab into Police Uniforms’ (Monsoon Press, March 2009), and ‘The Lascar’ (A radio play).
I have contributed to the following: Best of British, The Great War and Sisters magazines, Asian World Newspaper, Huffington Post and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
I am a columnist for Weekly Desh newspaper. I am on the judging panel of the Young Muslim Writers Awards 2014 in the short story category.
I am currently working on a second historical novel about an Indian Ayah set in the Edwardian era.
In 2005 I launched ‘Perfect Publishers Ltd’, a print-on-demand book publishing company providing a range of services for authors and other publishers. www.perfectpublishers.co.uk
I am a Liberal Democrat councillor candidate for East Chesterton, Cambridge.
Please visit my website for more information about my work: www.shahidarahman.co.uk