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Commonword Writer Of The Month – May 2017

So for someone who likes to talk and perform poetry, I have realised that talking about myself is sometimes a huge issue dependant on how I’m feeling that day! Performative speech is fine but tell me to talk about feelings and jeez, I start to run a mile in my head. I’m learning that there is real beauty in being honest about our vulnerabilities and that in some way, shape or form, we all have them! 

Luckily, I had lots to say in the interview below with Commonword – a collective that provides great support to BAME and/or queer writers. I remember tentatively stepping into their offices a few years ago, having just finished an undergrad degree in English & Criminology and devoting a decade to raising kids. Trust me, I was worried this mind was rusty and that studying had killed my creativity. Pensive, reluctant to share my work, crippled by very little confidence and self-belief, I shared a poem called ‘Patience’ and then cried at the response. The journey ever since has been amazing. 

With an anthology launch last Friday ( see previous blog post ),  a Jerwood Fellows Scholarship through Manchester International Festival, a commision with The Royal Exchange, co-forming a collective called Outside The Frame Arts which will explore hidden voices some juicy projects, I’m feeling excited. Terrified but excited. I am learning that stepping into the unknown is how we truly grow. And I hope  you continue to join me along the way! X

http://www.cultureword.org.uk/writer-of-the-month-hafsah-aneela-bashir/

‘There Is No Such Thing As Islamaphobia’ – Blue Minaret

Some of you may remember the spoken word piece entitled, ‘There Is No Such Thing As Islamaphobia’ penned by me last year when Manchester Muslim Writers organised an event during Hate Crime Awareness Week aimed at highlighting the growing tide of Islamaphobia. It has never been more pertinent as new cases appear everyday documenting abuse towards the Muslim community following the Paris attacks. I am grateful to the Blue Minaret online journal that chronicles the Muslim experience for sharing this video onlinethat was  originally  filmed by Pangaea Poetry. It’s okay they spelt my name wrong! 🙂