An evening of reflective and galvanising poetry from Suhayma Manzoor, Momtaza Mehri, Hodan Yusuf, Sabrina Mahfouz and Aliyah Hasina. Hosted by the indomitable Zahra Dalilah.
Hodan is a poet, writer, multimedia freelance journalist and photographer. She is also a mediator and trainer in conflict resolution. Hodan has read her poetry at many events and venues including IHRC, York University, Muslim Institute and BareLit Festival, Numbi Arts and many spoken word nights. She is currently working on her debut collection of poetry and Hodan is an essayist in Cut From the Same Cloth, the upcoming anthology by Unbound Publishers.
Sabrina was raised in London and Cairo. Named as a ‘modern Renaissance woman’ by The Scotsman and ‘one of the rising stars of new British playwriting’ by The Herald, her work includes the plays With a Little Bit of Luck (Paines Plough) and Clean (Traverse Theatre), which transferred to New York in 2014; the poetry collection How You Might Know Me (Out-Spoken Press); and the literary anthology The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write (Saqi Books), which is currently longlisted for the Grand Prix Literary Associations Prize.
Suhaiymah is a writer and award-winning spoken-word poet who writes at www.thebrownhijabi.com. With a background in History and Postcolonial Studies she is interested in race, gender, Islamophobia, intersectional feminism and decolonising knowledge.
Momtaza Mehri is a poet, essayist and co-editor of the digital platform Diaspora Drama. Her work has been featured in DAZED, Buzzfeed, Vogue, BBC Radio 4, Real Life Mag and Poetry International. She is a Complete Works Fellow and winner of the 2017 Out-spoken Page Poetry Prize. Her chapbook sugah lump prayer was published in 2017.
If you’re interested in writing your own poetry, Momtaza will be running a workshop to get you over the first hurdles at 12pm on Sunday 29th April.
Aliyah is a poet, producer and curator based in Birmingham whose writing focuses on personal understandings of history, politics and culture. Aliyah recently co-curated ‘the past is now’ exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and produces for Apples and Snakes and Heaux Noire. She is also part of Art against the grain collective and 1/3 of the podcast Who Got the Juice? on Newstyle Radio. Aliyah’s poetry is published in several zines, a colouring book and most recently, in Saqi Book’s anthology “The things I would tell you”: Muslim Women Write’ as edited by Sabrina Mahfouz.
Zahra is an arts and culture writer and activist from Lewisham, South London. In both her writing and in her activism she has focused on the interplay between arts and politics and how personal and collective freedoms can be propelled by artistic expression. In her history as an organiser, she has worked on campaigns to increase political participation amongst young people and those whose voices are often pushed aside from the political process. Elsewhere, she has co-founded a research project on Black British fatherhood and is currently working on building a national forum for UK based organisers from the African Diaspora.