Delighted to be part of this poetry evening in York on Friday May 13th 2016 with fellow poets Talha Ahsan, Elmi Ali and Hodan Yusuf.
Racism, Rights & Resistance: An Evening of Poetry and Spoken word. The event is free but due to limited spaces you need to register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/racism-rights-resistance-an-evening-of-poetry-and-spoken-word-tickets-24402872649
I watched a play this Tuesday about a cause that is very dear to my heart, since I travelled last year to the border towns of Syria/Turkey and met refugees. My thesis is also based on this war-torn country so the play was extremely insightful. Have a read below and watch out for it in the future! A must see for all! X
‘IN WAR, TRUTH IS THE FIRST CASUALTY’ – AESCHYLUS
A story from the Syrian conflict, devised by the company and scripted by award-winning writer Rob Johnston. Produced and directed by Benedict Power.
Syria has descended into civil war and Aleppo is besieged. Salah and Aisha have lost control of their lives and are plunging headlong into an uncertain future. The Syria they hoped to change is gone, in its place, violence and destruction – the arbitrary brutality of war. With the unexpected arrival of two Westerners, who have stayed too long in Syria and must now be given refuge, the fragile existence of the Syrian couple comes under even greater threat. How will they survive as they fall further away from hope, from what they know and from what they used to be?
Based on real-life accounts collected from Syrian refugees, aid workers, activists, journalists and photographers, Spring Reign features live performance, video, original music performed by Chris Davies, and frontline photography by Musa Chowdhury.
“Spring Reign is rich with images, music, politics, stories, character, language, situation and relevance.”
Matt Fenton – Artistic Director of Contact Theatre