Nice to meet you!
We’re three Northern people of colour with the same mission: to spotlight and uplift the personal stories of marginalised genders across the pages of Aurelia Magazine, whilst nurturing a community that is welcoming, full of hope and encourages you to feel your feelings.
Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Kya launched Aurelia Magazine in 2019 as she was completing her degree. Aurelia was born out of a love for personal writing, and the belief that on the whole, it wasn’t getting the attention or respect it deserves. As a writer, Kya felt disheartened by our sensationalist media landscape that often seeks to divide, so founded a platform that publishes the personal stories and opinions of marginalised genders, encouraging us all to slow down and connect with each other, whilst uplifting the voices that need it most.
Kya’s words appear online and in print (Time Out, Stylist, Bad Form), and she is a Close-Up with Aurelia Magazine co-host as well as a virtual and in-person event host, for Aurelia and others (MIF, gal-dem, Writing on the Wall).
Shahed originally began working with Aurelia as a staff writer, contributing pieces on Islamophobia on Woman’s Hour and the need for men to step up with regards to women’s safety. Last year, she was promoted to Deputy Editor.
Shahed wants to read and publish stories that really resonate with readers in an emotional and unforgettable way. She seeks stories that are rarely given centre stage elsewhere, especially those that centre the innermost thoughts and feelings of marginalised people. Some commissions include first-person accounts of making friends whilst wearing a hijab, gardening as a tool to aid depression and gender identity clinics.
Shahed is also a reporter for Now Then and a freelance writer (Huck, Vice, HuffPost).
Amelia is always on the lookout for innovative, compelling and under-reported stories that forefront marginalised people.
Some commissions for Aurelia include first-person stories on egg donation as a person of colour and the infantilisation of East and South-East Asian women.
Amelia is a co-host of our podcast Close Up with Aurelia Magazine, and delivered Aurelia‘s workshop Looking Forward to Tomorrow as part of Manchester International Festival. Amelia is also a writer (Guardian, Vice, Dazed) and a filmmaker (BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5).