About me / my writing history

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My name is Maryam, but most people call me Maz – I don’t mind either, so go ahead and call me Bob. I’ve enjoyed writing since I was a kid and started to do it professionally in 2008, writing features for The Muslim Weekly Newspaper based in Whitechapel.

Muslim Weekly

Soon after I took on the role as Deputy Editor at the government-funded youth project NXG Magazine.

One of the good ones.

A year later I found a home at Flavour Mag, a London-based magazine where I got thrown into the deep end of music, doing some pretty awesome interviews.

BET BTS

In 2011 I also began writing for EasyJet as a Travel Copywriter and MTV UK.

BET Awards review

In 2012 I became an Editor for MTV Online. I also began to write elsewhere.

Marie Claire post

The Independent

Fast forward a bit and I’d taken on a Sub-Editor gig at Net-a-Porter, which was every fashion lover’s dream and more to be honest. I also wrote for Rio Ferdinand’s 5 Mag.

Neelam 5 MagI then wrote a piece for the all mighty Buzzfeed about my glorious hometown.

buzzfeed

A little while later I wrote a piece on Brexit for the largest site in the US for Muslim women – muslimgirl.com.

muslimgirl

After that article, I was invited to speak on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Radio about it! They even put the transcription on their website and I sound like a cat with a cold, so please don’t listen to it.

cbc

In 2017 I began writing identity themed pieces, covering culture and issues effecting WoC for various platforms from Gal-Dem to sister-hood.com to Burnt Roti magazine.

burnt roti

In 2018 / the dawn of 2019 I am writing a book and continuing to write for your fave WoC platforms.

If you’ve stayed towards the end, thank you. Personal facts on me? I was born and bred and Croydon, my starsign is Cancer, I am an introvert, and I like cats because they never pressure you to be something you’re not. Also, I am in therapy for this.

I can be reached on maryam_halima@hotmail.co.uk. You may also send cat pictures if you wish.

Love,

Bob Maz x

(@MazHalima)

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