Sabba Khan is a born and bred East Londoner whose work as a visual artist, graphic novelist and architectural designer is framed by her experience as a second generation immigrant. Originally trained as an architect at Central Saint Martins and the University of Westminster, Sabba weaves design ideas into her art practice. Collaborators for Khan’s comics work include The British Council, SOAS, NHS, London Borough of Newham, JCWI and The British Library.

An extract from Sabba’s debut graphic novel, The Roles We Play, was shortlisted for the Myriad First Graphic Novel Award, and its making was supported by Jerwood Arts. The Roles We Play explores how Khan’s lived experience has been informed by her family’s migration history, and the intergenerational trauma one can face if that history is largely unacknowledged. Awards include the Jhalak Prize 2022, Broken Frontier Break Out Talent 2021 as well as The Roles We Play’s selection among Guardian’s Best Books of 2021. Her book has also been longlisted for the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize and the World of Illustration Awards. The Roles we Play is available in the US with Streetnoise Books under the title What is Home, Mum? She contributed to the Eisner Award-winning anthology Drawing Power.

Sabba Khan is also co-director of Khan Bonshek, an architectural practice set up by her and her partner in Stratford, London, where both are completing the final stages of their self-build home.

To support Sabba’s work check out her debut graphic novel, The Roles We Play, available now. 
For architectural work please have a look at Khan Bonshek
Sabba is a member of A-N Artists, The Association of Illustrators and The Society of Authors. 

Top Links
+ Jhalak Prize Winner
+ Chapter Reading on Youtube for Jhalak Prize
+ Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize Longlist
+ World Illustration Awards Longlist
+ Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review
+ Publisher’s Weekly Chapter Excerpt
+ Its Nice That Feature
+ The Guardian’s top Graphic Novels of 2021
+ My first fan art from incredible artist Baljinder Kaur

Press, Events, Exhibitions

-2022-
Articles, Reviews, Book Lists
+ Sabba’s Letter to Bookshop.org readers
+ Bookmuse Review 
+ Bayt Al Fann Interview

Events and Podcasts
+ Interview with Karamat Iqbal for JKTV Youtube
+ Podcast with Samia Aziz for The Diverse Bookshelf
+ Write and Shine Summer Salon 2022 Workshop 
+ Newham Word Fest - In Conversation with Shaheen Kusmani 
+ Brighton Book Festival 2022- Graphic Novel Workshop 
+ Lecture at Bristol’s Pervasive Media Studios
+ Workshop with London School of Architecture
+ Research in Practice Lecture at Ravensbourne 
+ Talks, presentations and performances in Morocco for British Council 

-2021-
Articles, Reviews, Book Lists
+ Cartoon Club Review
+ Book Review at The Hindu
+ Turnaround’s 2021 Staff Picks
+ Hackney Citizen - Review of The Roles We Play

+ Eastern Eye Interview
+ Cosmopolitan’s 20 Best Books for South Asian Heritage Month 2021
+ Amaliah’s 9 books for South Asian Heritage Month 2021
+ The Skinny - Review of The Roles We Play
+ The National, interview and review of The Roles We Play
+ Instagram Highlight responses to The Roles We Play
+ Samia Aziz Review of The Roles We Play
+ Hafsa Lodi Review of The Roles We Play
+ Page FortyFive Review of The Roles We Play
+ Broken Frontier Review of The Roles We Play
+ Comics Review of The Roles We Play
+ How Comics Tell Stories about People’s Lived Experience

Radio
+ BBC Radio London with Sunny and Shay 46 mins in
+ BBC Three Counties with Farzana Chaudry - 1 hour 34 mins in
+ BBC West Midlands Masala with Gagan Grewal - 1 hour 43 mins in
+ BBC West Midland with Shay and Sunny  - 45 mins in
+ 8th August - Times Radio Interview with Ayesha Hazarika
+ BBC Radio Leeds Interview with Rima Ahmed - 2 hours 42 mins in
+ BBC Radio London Interview with Jamoke Fashola - 2hour 49 mins in

Events and Podcasts
+ 6th Septemeber 7pm-  Cartoon County - Chat with Alex Fitch

+ 4th September - Book Launch at Civic Square, Birmingham
+ 6th October - House of Illustration ‘Finding Your USP’ panel talk
+ 12th August - South Asian Heritage Month Roundtable Event, Manchester Central Library
+ South Asian Heritage Month Panel talk ‘Rise of the Bookstagrammer’
+ Make It Then Tell Everybody - In conversation with Dan Berry
+ Haramacy Festival
+ Recipes of Resistence Exhibition
+ Full interview with Alex Fitch

[2020]
+ Elephant Magazine Interview
+ Pahari conversations with Birmingham based radio station
+ The White Pube's response to my rolling pin piece
+ Artist Talk 'What do we need to thrive?' in conversation with Ort Gallery
+ Top 10 Feminist Graphic Novels chat with Jenny Robins and Sabba Khan
+ Drawing Power wins an Eisner Award
+ Eco Archi Comic - Special commendation and shortlisted by RIBA
+ An interview with South Asian Writers for South Asian Heritage Month 2020
+ Laydeez do Comics

[2019]
+ Jerwood Arts Funding, New Work Fund

[2018]
+ Broken Frontier Motherhood Zine Review
+ Broken Frontier Spotlight
+ An interview with the Islam Channel on their City Reflections programme