Shahida is an author, writer, speaker and publisher.
She was born and raised in Cambridge. Her late father, Abdul Karim moved to Cambridge from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 1957 and her mother, arrived in 1964. Her father was a successful restauranteur.
She is the Director and co-founder of Perfect Publishers Ltd, an award-winning print-on-demand book publishing company providing a range of services for authors and writers. www.perfectpublishers.co.uk
Shahida writes historical fiction, non-fiction and short stories including the following:
In 2010, her short story ‘Homecoming’ was the inspiration behind the screenplay ‘India Ink’ which she co-wrote with US screenwriter, Halle Eavelyn. ‘India Ink’ was shortlisted for the Circalit First Draft Contest (2011) and a finalist of the WriteMovies International Writing Contest (2011).
‘The Integration of the Hijab into Police Uniforms’ was published in the ‘Behind the Hijab’ anthology, in March 2009 by Monsoon Press. In 2009, she was commissioned to write a radio play ‘The Lascar’ for the Lascar Heritage Project for Silsila Productions.
‘Lascar’ (Indigo Dreams Publishing, 2012) is a work of historical fiction inspired by a paternal ancestor, a lascar (seaman). The highly-acclaimed novel revives the story of these unsung heroes and draws attention to their plight, educating people through the use of fictional characters.
She has won numerous civic and cultural awards for her work such as the Channel S ‘Special Acknowledgement Award’ in 2013, the ‘Arts and Cultural Awareness Award’ at the British Muslim Awards in 2015. She was the winner of the British Bangladeshi Who's Who 2017 ‘Outstanding achievement award for Literature and Community Relations.’
She has contributed to the following magazines: Best of British, The Great War, Children of the New Earth, and Sisters (the UK's first magazine for Muslim women). She has also contributed to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and BBC Three Counties radio. She has also written for the ‘Asian World’ newspaper and was a columnist for ‘Weekly Desh’ (British Bangladeshi) newspaper and has blogged for the Huffington Post UK.
She has been on the judging panel of the Young Muslim Writers Awards since 2014.
She is a trustee of the Cambridge Mosque Trust which is building Cambridge’s first purpose-built mosque and Europe’s first eco-mosque, which opened to the public in early 2019.