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New Writing North’s Read Regional 2020

Sorry I’ve been away so long but what a whirlwind year it’s been! Hopefully I’ll fill you all in as to what the last few months have entailed but first some revelations.

I am realising I am not very apt at updating this blog as regularly as I should but I can’t give it up either. It’s been around too long a time, much like a diary of sorts! One day I’ll look back and think I’m glad I persevered.

Anyway, I am thrilled to tell you that since my last entry I’ve been awarded a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship alongside two incredible artists Yomi Sode & Anthony Joseph, become Supported Artist at The Royal Exchange Theatre, an Associate Artist at Oldham Coliseum & Associate Artist at The Poetry Exchange.

But I also want to make some noise about being one of ten authors selected for New Writing North’s Read Regional 2020. It’s been a great year as an artist and am humbled that I’ve got this far.

I have some brilliant projects I’ll be working on over the year but before then join me at library venues in the North where I’ll share poetry from my collection, The Celox And The Clot.

Morpeth Library

Royal Sovereign House, Manchester St, Morpeth NE61 1AF

Thursday 5 March, 7.15pm

(There will be a free Exploring Poetry workshop at 6pm, before the reading)

Batley Library

14 Market Pl, Batley WF17 5DA

Saturday 7 March, 2pm

(An International Women’s Day event)

Hull Central Library

Albion St, Hull Hu1 3TF

Thursday 12 March, 7pm

(There will be a free Exploring Poetry workshop at 6pm, before the reading)

Bradford City Library

9 Aldermanbury Centenary Square, Bradford BD1 1SD

Saturday 14 March, 2pm

(There will be a free Exploring Poetry workshop at 1pm, before the reading)

Darlington Library

Crown St, Darlington DL1 1ND

Wednesday 10 June, 2.30pm

(Part of Crossing the Tees Book Festival)

Kendal Library

Stricklandgate, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4PY

Friday 19 June, 12pm

(There will be a free Exploring Poetry workshop at 11am, before the reading)

Part of Kendal Poetry Festival.

You can purchase

The Celox and the Clot here: https://burningeye.bigcartel.com/product/the-celox-and-the-clot-by-hafsah-aneela-bashir

And if you wondered who the other nine incredible writers are, check us out! New Writing North’s #ReadRegional 2020 Authors!

The full list of Read Regional 2020 titles is:

CHILDREN’S FICTION

James Nicol, A Witch Come True

FICTION

Clara Barley, The Moss House

Yvonne Battle-Felton, Remembered

C.J. Cooke, The Blame Game

Linda Green, The Last Thing She Told Me

Oliver Harris, A Shadow Intelligence

Lara Williams, Supper Club

MEMOIR

Horatio Clare, Icebreaker

POETRY

Hafsah Aneela Bashir, The Celox and the Clot

Keith Hutson, Baldwin’s Catholic Geese

Hope to see some of you at the libraries we’ll be sharing our books at!

The Celox and the Clot by Hafsah Aneela Bashir – Burning Eye Books

The Celox and the Clot by Hafsah Aneela Bashir – Burning Eye Books
— Read on burningeyebooks.wordpress.com/2018/09/28/the-celox-and-the-clot-by-hafsah-aneela-bashir/amp/

Shots In The Dark 8/6/2018

It’s been a very busy few weeks as I prepare for Outside The Frame Arts, July scratch performance of Cuts Of The Cloth ( more details to follow – we are super-excited! ).

For those of you who don’t know, this is our play exploring Muslim women and their relationship with the cloth in a society obsessed with the policing of the female body so watch this space about this particular project!

In other news, myself and a whole host of wonderful writers from all backgrounds have been indulging in the genre of crime fiction. A chance to really delve into the dark side of human nature, we have created flash fiction that has been brought together by Cultureword in the new anthology ‘Shots In The Dark’.

Published by Crocus Books the micro narratives promise, ‘Bludgeonings. Distorted lives. Small victories in narrow mean worlds. Bizarre punishments and extraordinary vengeance. Dogs, bears, fish and humans – always humans – clustered and clashing in desolate landscapes. Crimes passionels. The after-effects of war. The enduring effects of race. Trauma. Badness. Rawness. Grief. Sigh. Phantasmagorical. Surreal. Hyper-real. This is desperation poured near into a black chalice.’

Last night we had an awesome celebration bringing some of the authors into the intimate setting of Three Minute Theatre in Manchester. Hosted by the ‘hostess with the mostest’ Heena Patel, we heard what David Gaffney describes as, ‘mini beasts full of suspense, violence, fear and shock with incredible characters and fascinating settings’ and we carried these stories long into the night after the event had finished.

If you want to have a read, they are available to purchase. Email admin@cultureword.org.uk to order your copy.

Special thanks to Commonword who have supported my journey and a countless amount of other writers over many years giving us space to develop and grow.

And finally – a shoutout to all the awesome contributors in the book who have become an inspiring creative family of support for one another, all the authors who made it last night for the reading – you were great to listen to and share space with and waves of support for all the ones who couldn’t make it – you were missed! X

The Hurst, The John Osborne Arvon Centre, Shropshire 14-19/3/16 

It’s hard to believe that it was only last week I was in the company of sixteen talented BAME or LGBTQ writers as part of Women In The Spotlight, Three Minute Theatre and Commonword at The Hurst Arvon retreat in Shropshire. 
A beautiful place where we all had the opportunity to get creative far away from daily distractions and the internet. The house and gardens were the former home of playwright John Osborne. The grounds boast Redwoods, wild orchids, surrounded by the forest-covered Shropshire Hills and sits within 26 acres of woodland, with a spring-fed lake and inspiring walks. 
Here under the mentorship of our two amazing tutors, Salena Godden for performance poetry and Ola Animashawun for scriptwriting, we all had the opportunity to develop our craft in ways that we needed to. Tanika Gupta, acclaimed playwright, shared an intimate evening with us. We also developed communal cooking skills, shared experiences through our work and bonded in friendship. A thoroughly inspiring week over way too soon! Xxx 

    
    
    
   

MMPS Poetry Competition Launch in Didsbury! 

Today I took an assembly consisting of 120 children between Year 1-6. Both the infants and juniors at MMPS in Didsbury this morning where great and very responsive to the way their first official poetry competition was launched. 
I learnt today that call and response poetry works wonders as long as you have a narrative the children can get excited about. Fun games to learn about metaphors and exercises that teach rhyme and rhythm are brilliant to introduce poetry to children. Keeping it short, snappy and varied helps keep them focused! Will be workshopping with them soon around the theme of ‘Light’ which was National Poetry Day’s theme for this year. I even got time to read out Lemn Sissay’s wonderful tweets about a hot buttered sky and split yolk sun which prompted discussions about language and meanings! 
They loved my poem called ‘The Rocket’ with names and scenarios they could relate to, and warmed to the fact that it was about Mariyah and Idreece! Best part was the chatty Year 1 boy who kept insisting he wanted to workshop with me but also why I wasn’t reading out the rest of the pages in my hand! All in all, a mighty good session with some little creative geniuses! Xxx

Young Identity’s One Mic Stand, IV Slam Special at Contact Theatre

First time I actually made it down to Young Identity’s One Mic Stand, IV Slam Special featuring guest poets Tony Walsh and Mali Hayes at Contact Theatre, Manchester. If you haven’t been yet make sure you put the next one in for your diaries. Brilliant performances to include Elmi Ali, Reece Williams with his hat totally on point, Saquib Chowdhury, Keisha who was absolutely phenomenal and I even decided to test a new piece titled ‘A Muslim Mother’s Advice – How Not To Be A Terrorist’ on open-mic too.. 🙂 

   
    
   
 

Terrorist’

on open-mic too…