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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

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Ladies Night at BMHC! 

Excited to be performing tonight in the spirit of sisterhood at the British Muslim Heritage Centre in Manchester!  Comedy with the talented Sadia Azmat and the inspiring Dr Shameela Zulfiqar as host! Join us xx

 

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 

    
    
    
   

Help us by donating to Platform For Palestinian Arts, GoFundMe page!

Ismail Khalidi’s brazen ‘Tennis in Nablus’ from the Inside/Outside Anthology is partially a comedy that looks for laughs in an area of the world marked by centuries of bloodshed and hard feelings. In its world premiere production at the Alliance Hertz Stage, Tennis in Nablus courts controversy with its witty treatment of the Holy Land’s history.
 

Help us explore these plays of Palestinian art and culture by donating to our Platform For Palestinian Arts GoFundMe page at this link – http://m.gofund.me/8nh52dhg?rcid=61dbcb56d18811e591aabc764e04c5a7  

When Saira Met Sarah at Manchester Jewish Museum

 Sunday 22nd November brought women writers from the Muslim and Jewish faith together to share their stories at the Manchester Jewish Museum. The gathering celebrated the anthology ‘When Saira met Sara’ published by Commonword featuring poems and narratives that highlight the experiences of women from both faiths. 

Myself, Yasmin Babiker, Sherry Ashworth, Jacqueline Lewis, Shamshad Khan and Becky Prestwich Hine shared our writing, a testament to the commonalities we share that are often forgotten. We were also joined by Tahara Amin, Qaisra Shahraz and Heather Fletcher from the Greater Manchester Muslim and Jewish Forum aswell as creative artists, Afshan Lodhi and Cheryl Martin. 

Afternoon tea at the Park Inn organised as a thankyou to us, ended what was an inspiring occasion, affirming the belief that love, laughter and tears can indeed bring us cousins closer together if we try. 

  
    
    
    
    
    
   

A celebration of writing by women of Jewish and Muslim heritages

It is not often enough that we hear of Jews and Muslims being under the same roof
in the same book sharing their creative and cultural heritage. 

On Sunday 22nd of November I will be sharing my poetry at this event. Come and join in the love with other guest poets and writers for the evening, Sherry Ashworth, Becky Prestwich Hine,  Julia Davis, Yasmin Babiker, Jacqueline Lewis and Shamshad Khan.

The collection was produced by Commonword under their Crocus books inprint. 
 

Bradford Literature Festival 15th – 24th May 2015

This festival in Bradford has been such a culmination of wonderful writers, thinkers, artists and experts from all over the world with topics exploring race, faith and culture. A true celebration of literature, history and the arts, I enjoyed myself thoroughly, met some AMAZING people and learnt so much! Can’t wait for the next one! X