Manal Younus is an Australian-based storyteller from Eritrea who believes that language and stories are the very fabric of our existence. Using her writing and performance, Younus explores different aspects of life from perseverance, identity, travel and truth. She speaks on a vast number of issues including youth leadership, gender and female empowerment, faith, blackness, culture, language, migration, displacement, racism and interculturalism. In 2015, she released her first book of poetry called Reap. In the same year, she founded Soul Lounge, a monthly open mic night that centres the voices of people of colour.