What a fab name right? If you’re wondering what it means, it’s the title of the new anthology to be published by Commonword, Manchester, featuring the poems, plays and prose of the Women In The Spotlight collective of which I happen to be part of. The cover illustration is awesome created by Bethany Georgia Hermitt. Women In The Spotlight are entirely made up of BAME and/or LBT+ women who often face challanges to make their voices heard. This is a reclaiming of agency. Poetic, powerful and a pleasure to be part of.
Afshan Lodhi, the editor, has bestowed upon us the title of ’15 bad-ass women!’ to include herself too. From creating plays together to an Arvon residential perfecting our craft, to this new anthology packed with poetry, monologues and performance pieces, it really has been a wonderful creative process. Come and join us for the sharing by booking on the link below and I’ll see you there xx
Throwback from last week! Myself and a collection of wonderful writers are in this anthology which brings together 30 BAME writers! The launch at Manchester Central Library was an a culmination of diverse voices, narratives, laughter and comtemplation as each contributor read their stories – flash fictions that would ‘last you the length of a cigarette’.
Thank you to Commonword who make these things happen and have been providing us writers with the support we need. X
Join Manchester Muslim Writers in Chorlton Library at the end of the month for a special evening/iftari commemorating the late legend Muhammed Ali in verse, with Zahid Hussain ! Bring along your tributes to share and lets exchange memories! See you there x https://www.facebook.com/events/1580164385610093/?ti=icl
Extremely happy I won the Palestine Verses 2016 Poetry Competition! But must point out my
achievement is not my own. I am grateful to all those who supported and continue to support me in my writing when I often had little faith in myself! A few who need special mention and you may not realise why, are Zahid Hussain, Martin De Mello, Chris Jam and Peter Kalu who mentored or encouraged me at different points in my life when I needed to progress. Love my family and friends too for encompassing me with belief and of course my other half for putting up with my self-sabotage! Sorry its sounding like an Oscar speech but I was not expecting it! ‘War Torn Child’ came second place last year. This poem, ‘A Tap On The Roof’ is also one of many dedicated to a people who epitomise resistance to Israeli occupation, a people who Mahmoud Darwish says, ‘suffer from a chronic illness of hope’. Well done to all who entered… X http://interpaluk.tumblr.com/post/144449814729/palestine-verses-2016-and-the