Had a wonderful session conducting a poetry workshop around the theme of childhood at Shamshad’s Hard Rain set up in Thairish Cafe, Levenshulme.
I introduced the group to Kimiko Hahn’s poem called ‘In Childhood’ and Li-Young Lee’s poem, ‘A Hymn to Childhood’ which explored the various ways we recall
memory and how by doing so, we are always under constant revision. Truths are often reconfigured and the conflict between voluntary and involuntary memory; between what we think we know and what we find we didn’t dare to know or admit, forms the ‘foreign’ land of much writing. The foreign land being the term L.P Hartley used to describe the past and how things are ‘done differently’ there. It was an inspiring exchange and I loved what came out in the freewrite exercises. I was blessed to hear about the different experiences of a rich tapestry of people as they shared intricate memories of their past. A thoroughly productive session! X
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.
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.
What a wonderful turnout and a brilliant opportunity to share poems with some truly inspirational people organised by Manchester University ISOC! The night was pizza filled, mocktailed and full of spiritually lyrical bliss! I performed, as did the soulful Yasmin Babiker, the hard hitting Naima Ali and the inspiring Asma Shatwan! And a visit to Whitworth Art Gallery was the cherry on top! Amazing place if you haven’t been yet! X
Last night’s Manchester Muslim Writers event about Islamaphobia held as part of Hate Crime Awareness Week, was an evening filled with great company, poetry, stories, experiences, reflection and debates!
Zahid Hussain was a wonderful host and read us his futuristic story, I performed my spoken word piece on Islamaphobia. Ali Raza inspired us with poetry, Daniel Dyer with some spiritual reflections and Haroon Shafiq with his quick penned writing! Adil Mohammed and Karim Laalji were on it like a car bonnet updating the live Twitter feed!
The guests provided some wonderful debate about a broad range of topics including the draconian measures of the CTS bill, the role of the media, governmental legislation, foreign policy and the positive changes we can make towards social cohesion.
The BBC were there filming a documentary so watch out for that. Thanks to Manchester City Council for their support and also to Chorlton Library for the use of their facilities where we will meet on the last Friday of every month for our writer’s circle!
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