Ayisha is a former publicist at Penguin Random House, turned managing editor at Cornerstones Literary Consultancy, turned full-time writer. Her debut novel, Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, and its sequel, The Other Half of Happiness (Zaffre), were dubbed the ‘Muslim Bridget Jones’.
Sofia Khan was a 2016 WH Smith Fresh Talent pick, selected for World Book Night, and a 2019 CityReads London book. Her latest novel This Green and Pleasant Land (Zaffre) is ‘an inquiry into faith, identity and the meaning of home’ (Guardian).
Ayisha has contributed to the anthology A Change is Gonna Come (Stripes Publishing), commissioned in response to the lack of diverse voices in UK publishing, and the collection A Match Made in Heaven (Hope Road Publishing). She is also known for ghost-writing Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain‘s adult books. Ayisha has been shortlisted for Marie Claire’s Future Shaper’s Awards for contribution to diversifying the world of women’s fiction, the Asian Women of Achievement Award and the h100’s Award.
As a writing mentor, Ayisha has worked with bestselling authors for Cornerstones Literary Agency, lectured at universities and on the Oxford University Creative Writing Summer School and delivered workshops at literary festivals, including Edinburgh, Birmingham and Sharjah. She has judged the Young Muslim Writers Award and the Bath Short Story Award. She tutors the online Kickstart Your Novel course at Faber Academy.