Paris Lees shares career advice for budding writers at NME #Lifehacks event

At our NME #Lifehacks event in London last week, Paris Lees joined other leading activists and campaigners on a panel discussing How To Effect Positive Change.

Lees is an award-winning writer, presenter and equality campaigner who became the first openly transgender person to appear on Question Time.

After the panel, she shared some career advice for young people who are interested in writing for a living. Her own work has been published everywhere from The Times to VICE, and her memoir, published by Penguin, is due next summer.

Lees also spoke about why she wanted to get involved with #Lifehacks, and offered her verdict on how the Positive Change panel went down on the day. Find out what she has to say in the video interview above.

Also speaking on the Positive Change panel were Amelia Cooper from aid organisation Help Refugees and Paula Akpan, co-founder of the I’m Tired Project, which aims to highlight the lasting impact of everyday micro-aggressions, assumptions and stereotypes.

The panel was chaired by podcaster and 1xtra social media guru Alex Manzi, who has recently shared his tips for building a career in the creative industries.

NME teamed up with University of Salford and youth initiative Create Jobs to lay on the #Lifehacks event at London’s Islington Metal Words last Thursday (23 November). Here’s the full story of the event in pictures.