Join critically acclaimed, prize-winning comedians Omar Hamdi and Esther Manito for some stand-up comedy, compèred by Bidisha. Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic is a project brought together by Saqi Books in response to Trump’s ‘Muslim ban,’ this comedy night will take a lively look at what the arts and comedy can do to combat stereotypes and regressive identity politics.
Omar Hamdi is a Welsh-Egyptian TV presenter, comedian and writer. He has performed at festivals and events around the world and won a BAFTA among other awards.
Esther Manito is an up and coming Lebanese-British comedian. She has been listed as ‘One to watch’ 2016 by Funny Women and will be performing stand-up at Edinburgh Fringe this summer.
Hassan is an award-winning Iraqi writer, poet and playwright. Hassan’s poems and articles have been widely published and his plays include Baghdad Wedding, the Prophet and most recently Love, Bombs and Apples which toured the UK in 2016.
Bidisha is a writer, journalist and broadcaster specialising in social justice, international affairs, gender and the arts. She is a Trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation.