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About Karen

Hello. I’m an author, journalist and communications consultant. My first book Girl With A Gun, co-authored with Diana Nammi, was published in March 2020. A former staff writer at the Independent and the Independent on Sunday, my journalism has been featured in all UK national newspapers and in international publications such as Mainichi, Stern magazine and Abu Dhabi’s The National. While continuing to write books and articles, I also use my communications skills, honed over two decades in news media, in PR, copywriting and media training.


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Girl With A Gun

Born in the Kurdish region of Iran, Diana Nammi became a fighter with the peshmerga – Kurdish freedom fighters – when she was only seventeen. She had been involved in politics as a teenager and played a part in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. The new Islamic regime tolerated no opposition, and, at risk of execution, Diana felt she had no choice but to become a soldier in the famed military force. She spent twelve years on the front line, and helped lead the struggle for women’s rights and equality, becoming one of the Iranian regime’s most wanted in the process. As well as being the startling account of Diana’s time as a fighter, Girl with a Gun is also a narrative about family and resilience, with a powerful love story at its heart.

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A celebration of twenty-years of IKWRO, one of the UK’s leading women’s charities, told through the voices of the women supported by the orgniasation as well as the women who through IKWRO’s work have led the fight against honour-based abuse in the country.


Talks, training and more…

Revolution in Iran: Girl With A Gun

In the year before Girl With A Gun was published, I interviewed my co-author Diana Nammi about her life as a freedom fighter in Iran in dozens of sell-out talks around the country. Aged just seventeen, Diana Nammi joined the now famed peshmerga fighting force to defend her community when Kurdistan was attacked by the new Islamic regime in 1979. This fascinating interview details her part in the Iranian revolution, her twelve years on the frontline and her fight to champion women’s rights. Get in touch to book this inspirational talk for your festival, work event or school.

School Talks

Having given talks to a number of school students, including Shrewsbury School, Woodford Country Grammar and Wells Primary School, I’m available to speak on the following topics:

• Writing skills
• My life as a journalist and author
• Revolution in Iran: Girl With A Gun

Media Training

An experienced media trainer, my courses include: getting the best from media relations, writing skills coaching and on-camera broadcast training. I co-founded a media training business which I ran for seven years and have delivered hundreds of bespoke courses to CEOs, executive teams, PR agencies, academics, analysts and authors. Clients have included Wood Mackenzie, London South Bank and Coventry Universities, Betty TV, the Marine Stewardship Council and Marks & Spencer.


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