Monthly Archives: September 2017

Mind over Monologues!

What an amazing few months! ‘Come Closer – Memories of Partition’ project was one of the most gruelling but hugely satisfying projects both mentally and physically I have ever done.

A unique collaboration between The Royal Exchange, Manchester Museum, The Alama Iqbal Race Relations Centre and Greater Manchester BME Network, the project explored the 1947 Partition of India which divided the country under British colonialist rule.

A series of intensive workshops culminated into ten south Asian writers creating monologues to be showcased at The Royal Exchange, Manchester Museum and then throughout local community venues.

My piece ‘Spirits of Sunam’ was inspired by my amazing grandmother, Sarwari who was 17 at the time of partition. This year marks the 70 year anniversary of a hugely traumatic experience that changed their lives as they once knew it. This project allowed the silenced to be heard, giving agency to us as writers to decolonise and narrate those experiences in exactly the way they needed to be told.

And I learnt it all by heart! Anyone that knows me will be wise to what a mean feat that is! special thanks goes to the wonderful Nicole Morris who directed my piece, to the amazing cohort of actors and directors I spent time with and also to Grace & Lizzie who managed it all! Onwards and upwards!

Come Closer – Memories Of Partition

These past six months have had me revisiting my grandmother’s experience of the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan. For anyone working with individuals who have suffered from unspeakable trauma, you’ll know how hard this task is and the immense sensitivity and care required to do so. ’70 years is a long time waiting to be heard’……

Come and watch myself and 9 other South Asian writers and spoken word artists commissioned by The Royal Exchange ( in a unique collaboration with Manchester Museum, The University Of Manchester, the Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and the Greater Manchester BME network), perform short monologues.

The new monologues will reveal the untold stories of the significance of Partition and the impact still felt today. You

can catch us between the 22nd and 26th of September.

Inspired by the material that has emerged from the Memories of Partition Oral History project at Manchester Museum, it promises to be a unique insight into a traumatic history by those who experienced it.

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