Raidah Shah Idil is a detective fiction, young adult, fantasy/sci-fi, classics and poetry enthusiast. She was born in Singapore and migrated to Sydney, Australia, at the age of 12. She graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2005 with a BSc (Psychology) and BA (English). Raidah lived in Amman, Jordan from 2009-2011 and studied the Islamic sciences, worked as a marketing copywriter and travelled around the Middle East. She returned to Sydney at the cusp of the Arab spring. In the spirit of returning to her roots, she migrated to Malaysia in early 2014.
While on maternity leave from her job as an instructor at Axiom Learning, Raidah is a freelance writer, has almost completed her counselling diploma (really!), is an independent consultant for doTERRA essential oils, and is answers questions for SeekersHub global. Raidah is now a budding spoken word artist, and you can watch her performances here and here.
Her work has been published in SISTERS magazine, The Feminist Wire, Daily Life, Lip Mag, The Elephant Journal, Venture Beat and MuslimVillage. Her novel, Finding Jamilah & The Story of Yusuf was published by MyLegacy Publications in early 2014. Her poetry has been published in the “Armed With Only Our Souls” anthology by New York Poet, Caits Meissner. Her poetry was featured in the 2014 Australian Muslim Artists exhibition at the Islamic Museum of Australia.
Raidah’s current projects include raising her newborn daughter, and writing despite hilarious exhaustion. She has a deep interest in holistic health, especially TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and practises Pilates and Reiki (when she remembers). She is an ardent fan of Katy Bowman’s work on biomechanics, and is intrigued by Paleo Parenting. Raidah lives with her husband, baby daughter and mother-in-law in bustling Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. One day, she hopes to live on a farm. Visit her at www.raidahshahidil.com