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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown came to this country in 1972 from Uganda. She completed her M.Phil. in literature at Oxford in 1975. She is a journalist who has written for The Guardian, Observer, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Evening Standard, the Mail and other newspapers and is now a regular columnist on The Independent and London's Evening Standard. She is also a radio and television broadcaster, author of several books and winner of the George Orwell Prize for political journalism in 2002.
Her book, No Place Like Home, well received by critics, was an autobiographical account of a twice removed immigrant. From 1996 to 2001 she was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research which published True Colours on the role of government on racial attitudes. Tony Blair launched the book in March 1999. She is a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Centre. In 2000 she published, Who Do We Think We Are? recently published in the US too, an acclaimed book on the state of the nation and another book,
After Multiculturalism which looks at the globalised future. She advises various key institutions on race matters. She is also a regular international public speaker in Britain, other European countries, North America and Asian nations.
In 2001 came the publication of the paperback of Who Do we Think We Are? and Mixed Feelings, a book on mixed race Britons which has been praised by all those who have reviewed it to date. In June 1999, she received an honorary degree from the Open University for her contributions to social justice.She is the President of the Institute of Family Therapy.
She is married with a twenty nine year old son and fourteen year old
daughter. In 2001 she was appointed an MBE for services to journalism in
the new year's honours list. In July 2003 Liverpool John Moore's University
made her an Honorary Fellow. In 2003 she returned her MBE as a protest
against the new imperial and illegal war in Iraq .In September 2004, she was awarded an honorary degree by the Oxford Brookes University.
In April 2004, her film on Islam for Channel 4 won an award and in May 2004, she received the EMMA award for best print journalist for her columns in the Independent. In September 2004, a collection of her journalistic writings, Some of My Best Friends Are was published by Politicos.
In 2005/6 she went on stage with her one woman show, written and performed by her, commissioned and directed by the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of their new work festival. In 2006 the show had two London runs and went to other locations. It was highly praised by the Times, Independent and local paper critics. In 2007 the show was taken to India - to great acclaim- and is about to go on another British tour. In 2005, she was voted the 10th most influential black/Asian woman in the country in a poll and in another she was among the most powerful Asian media professionals in the UK. The show tours India and the UK in 2007.
She is currently writing a food/historical memoir on her life as an East African Asian, twice removed migrants. In 2007, she was appointed Hon, Visiting Professor in Journalism at Cardiff University.
- BBC ASIA Award for achievement in writing 1999
- Commission for Racial Equality special award for outstanding
- contribution to journalism 2000
- EMMA Media Personality of the Year 2000
- Windrush Outstanding Merit award 2000
- Final shortlist for the Rio Tinto prize for journalism 2001
- GG2 Leadership and Diversity award Media Personality of the Year 2001
- George Orwell Prize for political journalism 2002
- EMMA award for journalism 2004