I was honoured to be on the panel as an observer at the finals of Manchester Muslim Prep School’s judging day joined by the powerhouse of a woman called Mrs Mohammed, Head of Islamic High School For Girls and Zahid Hussain, acclaimed author and social entrepreneur. Joined by inspirational teachers, Head of the PreP, Mrs Ali and Geo Tv to cover the day, the children’s efforts were fantastic. Many showed confidence and talent in their field of entry. Brilliant to see how this inspiring generation will no doubt be excellent citizens contributing to the society they live in. Very very proud x
Last night was the book launch at 3Minute Theatre in Manchester, for a project started a year ago that brought Muslim and Jewish women together through writing. I was delighted to be part of this venture and to see my poems in print alongside such talented writers such as Yasmin Babiker, Julia Davis, Shamshad Khan, Leah Thorn, Jackie, Maleeha and Becky Prestwich to name a few, is an absolute pleasure.
Spearheaded by Sherry Ashworth and Anjum Malik with final say by Peter Kalu of Commonword, the anthology is now available from Crocus Books published by Commonword. Thanks to everyone who supports and has faith in my writing even when I don’t but especially Peter Kalu, Chris Jam, Martin De Mello and Zahid Hussain for all your constructive feedback! Xxx