Monthly Archives: November 2016

Outside The Frame Arts workshop at Apna, Haslingdon, 26/11/16

Today I had the pleasure of running a creative writing  workshop as part of our Outside The Frame Arts project exploring plays and poetry from Palestine and the diaspora. Engaging with the ‘Apna’  women’s collective of Haslingdon was truly enlightening as we discussed the writings of Palestinian author Khaled Jumma and powerful poetry by Dr Hanan Ashwari. 

We critically engaged with the superb play by Palestinian-Irish playwright Hana Khalil called Plan D. 

Themes raised and responded to included childhood, womanhood, home, loss and displacement and added to the rich discussion as some participants felt a connection with their own experiences. Many contemplated the access or lack of access we have to human stories. All were invited to create new pieces of work. 

This is part of a series of workshops we are delivering in the community and to stay in the loop, join our mailing list Follow us on twitter @Arts4Palestine and on our Facebook page Outside The Frame Arts to hear more xxx

Moments of Expulsion Exhibition By Jo Scorah 

Jo Scorah is a practicing artist based in Manchester whose recent work explores the many layers of exile and deplacement. Her family history is part rooted in the city of Aleppo in northern Syria, where her Jewish grandparents used to live. For centuries, Muslims lived alongside Sephardic Jews sharing commonalities. It is this commonality that brought Jo and I together and I am delighted that my poetry is part of the amazing installations at Artwork Atelier, Queen St Salford and is available to view for the near future. I highly recommend a viewing of this sculptural ‘Moments of Expulsion’ exhibition that captures so vividly what refuge means today. A symposium held on Saturday will feature psychologist Dr Aala El Khan, music composer and former refugee Tagne Tebu, Councillor Tanya Burch, documentary-film maker Dr Shameela Zulfiqar and psychiatrist Dr Mustafa Alachkar chairing . X

The Poetry Exchange – The Bow That Is Stable

Some time back I had the pleasure of sharing any poem that has been a friend to me with The Poetry Exchange at the beautiful John Rylands building in Manchester. I chose ‘On Children’ by Khalil Gibran. Heres why!

Outside The Frame Arts workshop 2 with Young Identity at Contact Theatre 

After last night’s workshop facilitated by Elmi Ali and I at Contact theatre as part of our Outside The Frame Arts project, I am still hearing on loop in my head, the amazing writing, dialogue and vision generated with the uber talented Young Identity group. We discussed the play ‘Handala’ by Abdelfatteh Abusarour and exchanged / created poetic story centred around the idea of ‘the promise’ – delving into themes of home, memory, imagination and displacement. A pleasure to be present among those with so much to say. Cannot wait for the follow up workshop with Young Identity next week! 
Just a reminder we have another creative writing workshop shining a light on Palestinian plays and poetry coming up at Hard Rain Poetry on the 28th of November situated in Thairish Cafe in Levenshulme! Inbox for more information and to register your attendance. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @Arts4Palestine and our blog 

SuperSlow Way, SuperHigh Way – Sunday 6th November 2016

This is one of the projects I have been working on recently where the women ( all of whom have never performed before) mined deeply, the stories they will share as spoken word. Inspired by Ian Mcmillans poetry about the canals, the women explored ideas of communication and how fibreoptics of the superhighway have opened up infinite possibilities. Come and join them in Burnley along the canal for some moving evening performances this Sunday! Xx

Is feminism a white movement?

A spot on article by my amazing activist sister Azeezat Johnson! X

Azeezat Johnson | Learning through Black feminism

Talk given on 30th July 2016 at Living Islam Festival

This conversation has to begin by discussing the way hijabis and niqabis as ‘Visibly Muslim’ women have become central objects of Islamophobic language and action. There is a particularly frustrating white feminist desire to “unveil” and “free” the Muslim woman. Other than the weapons of mass destruction that never materialised, this was a central argument in the lead up to the Iraq war. One only needs to look to Laura Bush’s words to see how apparently “the fight against terrorism is also a fight for the rights and dignity of women.”

This argument is not new and stems from a long running colonial language that suffragettes used to position themselves as superior to their so-called “sisters” in India or on plantations in the US.

cqknumewcaadu3z White feminists doing their usual offensive white feminist dance

This is typified through the suffragette…

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