5th March – KEDS Panel at the Allbright, Los Angeles
In celebration of the launch of the inaugural issue of the Keds Hand-book for Women (the Power Issue), as well as International Women’s Day, we’re hosting a panel discussion in partnership with Keds featuring a handful of inspirational women; Alana Mayo (Head of Production and Development, Outlier Society), Alya Mooro (Journalist and Author of The Greater Freedom), Aija Mayrock (Poet and Writer) who will all share their raw and honest stories of finding power in womanhood alongside our compelling moderator, Mandana Dayani (Co-Founder, I am a voter).
7th March – Reading at Elisa Sednaoui’s house with LEAP, Los Angeles
Please join us at LEAP’s first book reading event hosted by one of LEAP’s committee members and co-founders, Elisa Sednaoui Dellal. Alya Mooro, an influential Egyptian-British author, blogger and journalist, will be presenting her first book on the identity of the Middle Eastern women in the West: The Greater Freedom. Since it’s recent publication, Ms. Mooro’s book has garnered much attention from the press globally. We hope you can join us for what promises to be an evening filled with good company and lively discussion of such an important topic.
14th March – Reading at Between East Brunch, Los Angeles
Join us for our first community brunch to bring Middle Eastern women together for a meal and conversation around our culture. Our guest speaker Alya Mooro is a featured Between East Egyptian born, London raised journalist and the author of the recently released bestselling book The Greater Freedom: Life as a Middle Eastern Woman Outside the Stereotypes. Meet other incredible leaders, creators, and change-makers from our online community and enjoy a reading from Alya.
19th March – Reading and interview at The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles
The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Alya Mooro and her new book The Greater Freedom: Life as a Middle Eastern Woman Outside the Stereotypes, in conversation with filmmaker Dana Ballout.
Alya will be discussing her book, The Greater Freedom, which is part memoir, part social commentary. Topics covered will include fighting shame and guilt (facing up to the ‘invisible jury’ ), the importance of telling our stories, balancing two very different cultures and whether the expectations we place on Middle Eastern women are realistic. From dating to drugs, religion to rebellion, this will be a lively, eye-opening talk and will include an exclusive reading by Alya from the book.
16/01/2020 – Candid Conversations with Alya Mooro, London
We’ve been massive followers of Alya from day 1 and so this is a massive privilege for us candid ladies!
We’ll be discussing her brilliant debut, 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐨𝐦: 𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐀𝐬 𝐀 𝐌𝐢𝐝𝐝𝐥𝐞 𝐄𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧 𝗪𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐎𝐮𝐭𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐎𝐟 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐨𝐭𝐲𝐩𝐞𝐬. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐨𝐦 resonated with all of us at The Candid Book Club and we just could not wait to get together with Alya herself and discuss our feelings around this book (and beyond)!
We’ll be turning our traditional book club setting on its head: expect candid discussions as we explore issues around identity and the challenges those growing up in conflicting cultures face and we welcome you to share the conversation with us for what we promise will be a fantastic evening!
07/12/2019 – Rise Up Summit, Cairo
Alya Mooro will be speaking at Rise Up Summit – the largest entrepreneurial summit in the region. She takes part in a Q&A with journalist Nasri Atallah on how to write a book and get a publishing deal, followed by a panel with Amy Mowafi, Salma El Wardany and May Abdelasim on ‘demistifying the Arab woman in international media.’
05/12/2019 – Diwan Bookstore, Cairo
Egyptian born, London raised, journalist and author Alya Mooro recently released her debut book “The Greater Freedom: Life as a Middle Eastern Woman Outside the Stereotypes”.
Alya will be joining us Thursday, 5 December, at Diwan Zamalek to do a reading from the book and sign copies.
No Tickets Necessary
04/12/2019 – Womena Boss Ladies Launch, Cairo
We will be celebrating the relaunch of Womena’s Boss Ladies network by bringing together Cairo Bossladies for a night of honest conversation, genuine connection and creative expression. The night will include a guided meditation by Rah Busby, followed by a fireside chat with author Alya Mooro, and two powerful slam poetry performances by Salma El-Wardany and Elissa Freiha.
01/12/2019 – YLT Café – Let’s talk Dating! with author Alya Mooro, London
Dating is hard, and for Arab millennials growing up in the West, it is a minefield. Most of us are faced with immense pressure to find a life partner, rather than simply dating ‘for fun’. Many of us are sometimes by default focused on picking someone that our parents, extended family and community will approve of, and so we can easily get caught in limiting ourselves to someone else’s preferences and forgetting our own.
Egyptian born, London raised journalist and author Alya Mooro shared her experiences navigating this minefield in her recently released bestselling book The Greater Freedom: Life as a Middle Eastern Woman Outside the Stereotypes. She’ll be joining us on the evening to open the conversation and share a reading from her book.
13/11/2019 – Alya Mooro in conversation with Salma El Wardany at Soho House, London
Soho House members are invited to hear acclaimed journalist and debut author Alya Mooro in conversation with writer and presenter Salma El Wardany.
Alya will be discussing her book, The Greater Freedom: Life as a Middle Eastern Woman Outside the Stereotypes, which is part memoir, part social commentary. Topics covered will include fighting shame and guilt (facing up to the ‘invisible jury’ ), the importance of telling our stories, balancing two very different cultures and whether the expectations we place on Middle Eastern women are realistic. From dating to drugs, religion to rebellion, this will be a lively, eye-opening talk and will include an exclusive reading by Alya from the book.
Private Event for Soho House Members
30/10/2019 – The Greater Freedom Supper Club at The Allbright, London
Hosted by Alya Mooro, The Greater Freedom Supper Club will explore issues such as religion and tradition to coming of age, rebellion, sex and relationships within the confines of societies stereotypes. Alya will get to the heart of the blessings and burdens many women carry as they learn to balance two different cultures – usually feeling that they don’t fully belong in either.
Guests will indulge their curiosity and unearth new favourites from our Middle Eastern inspired menu curated by AllBright Head Chef, Lale Oztek, paired with a refreshing glass of wine or soft drink.
26/10/2019 – Clean Prose Opening Night, London
To celebrate the opening of Clean Prose, I’ll be taking part in a panel alongside authors Sara Collins and Khairani Barokka on the importance of telling our own stories, resisting stereotypes and more.
01/10/2019 – The Greater Freedom Book Launch, London
To celebrate the release day of my debut book The Greater Freedom, I’ll be hosting a private party for friends, family, press and supporters.
01/09/2019 – Primadonna Festival, Suffolk
We invite a group of authors including Winnie M Li, Alya Mooro, and Ashley Hickson-Lovence to discuss how stereotypes, colonial narratives and representations of body image have effected their work. Do writers in the margins feel compelled to resist life and language in the mainstream?
19/06/2019 – Women in Revolt: The Greater Freedom, London
Shorts On Tap and Alya Mooro present Women in Revolt – The Greater Freedom: an exploration of Middle Eastern female filmmaking coinciding with Alya Mooro’s new book release: The Greater Freedom: Life As a Middle Eastern Woman Outside the Stereotypes
Join author Alya Mooro and Shorts on Tap on a visually compelling exploration of Middle Eastern female filmmaking this June 19th at 93 Feet East, Brick Lane, London E1 6QL from 7pm.
TICKETS: £4 (online) or £5 on the door.
24/05/2019 – Funtasia Iftar, London
I’ll be hosting the Funtasia iftar in London and giving an exclusive reading from my forthcoming book The Greater Freedom. Proceeds from tickets go towards Funtasia.
24/02/2019 – The L8 Bloomers, London
Alya Mooro takes part in a panel for The L8 Bloomers first IRL event, discussing some of the complexities of ‘adulting’, finding your purpose and discovering your ‘future self’.
08/02/2019 – Amazon Publishing Summit, Luxembourg
Alya Mooro speaks alongside Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené, the authors of the bestselling Slay in Your Lane, on the importance of diversity in publishing.
28/04/2018 – Superlatively Rude Live, London
I’ll be taking part in Laura Jane Williams first Superlatively Rude Live, talking about being both and neither, and how that is, in fact, a strength.