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Amel was born in The Netherlands and grew up in a city called Bolsward, and comes from an Arabic background. Amel's family left in 2008 and have lived in Nottingham since.

About Amel

What book do you wish everyone would read and why?

To Kill A Mockingbird because it foregrounds racial issues that are still very relevant today. It was a ground-breaking book at the time, and still resonates today.

Who are your favourite authors?

  • Patrick Ness
  • Harper Lee
  • Alice Walker

Where's your favourite place to find books?

Waterstones. They have always helped me find a new book to read due to the recommendations the staff provide. The interior of the bookshop is very welcoming and with enough seating space to try a book first too. They also have the widest range of books I have seen (and a Costa coffee upstairs).

What do you love most about living in Nottingham?

It is a very diverse city, with a lot of historical areas for instance, Charles I declared war on his Parliament here.

What are your hopes for the project?

I want to promote the importance of reading and writing in younger people, and share the joy of physically reading and giving yourself over to a book, moreover using a kindle or not reading all together.

Nottingham Girls Academy
Nottingham Girls Academy

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