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New Writing North’s Read Regional 2020

Sorry I’ve been away so long but what a whirlwind year it’s been! Hopefully I’ll fill you all in as to what the last few months have entailed but first some revelations.

I am realising I am not very apt at updating this blog as regularly as I should but I can’t give it up either. It’s been around too long a time, much like a diary of sorts! One day I’ll look back and think I’m glad I persevered.

Anyway, I am thrilled to tell you that since my last entry I’ve been awarded a Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship alongside two incredible artists Yomi Sode & Anthony Joseph, become Supported Artist at The Royal Exchange Theatre, an Associate Artist at Oldham Coliseum & Associate Artist at The Poetry Exchange.

But I also want to make some noise about being one of ten authors selected for New Writing North’s Read Regional 2020. It’s been a great year as an artist and am humbled that I’ve got this far.

I have some brilliant projects I’ll be working on over the year but before then join me at library venues in the North where I’ll share poetry from my collection, The Celox And The Clot.

Morpeth Library

Royal Sovereign House, Manchester St, Morpeth NE61 1AF

Thursday 5 March, 7.15pm

(There will be a free Exploring Poetry workshop at 6pm, before the reading)

Batley Library

14 Market Pl, Batley WF17 5DA

Saturday 7 March, 2pm

(An International Women’s Day event)

Hull Central Library

Albion St, Hull Hu1 3TF

Thursday 12 March, 7pm

(There will be a free Exploring Poetry workshop at 6pm, before the reading)

Bradford City Library

9 Aldermanbury Centenary Square, Bradford BD1 1SD

Saturday 14 March, 2pm

(There will be a free Exploring Poetry workshop at 1pm, before the reading)

Darlington Library

Crown St, Darlington DL1 1ND

Wednesday 10 June, 2.30pm

(Part of Crossing the Tees Book Festival)

Kendal Library

Stricklandgate, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4PY

Friday 19 June, 12pm

(There will be a free Exploring Poetry workshop at 11am, before the reading)

Part of Kendal Poetry Festival.

You can purchase

The Celox and the Clot here: https://burningeye.bigcartel.com/product/the-celox-and-the-clot-by-hafsah-aneela-bashir

And if you wondered who the other nine incredible writers are, check us out! New Writing North’s #ReadRegional 2020 Authors!

The full list of Read Regional 2020 titles is:

CHILDREN’S FICTION

James Nicol, A Witch Come True

FICTION

Clara Barley, The Moss House

Yvonne Battle-Felton, Remembered

C.J. Cooke, The Blame Game

Linda Green, The Last Thing She Told Me

Oliver Harris, A Shadow Intelligence

Lara Williams, Supper Club

MEMOIR

Horatio Clare, Icebreaker

POETRY

Hafsah Aneela Bashir, The Celox and the Clot

Keith Hutson, Baldwin’s Catholic Geese

Hope to see some of you at the libraries we’ll be sharing our books at!

Shots In The Dark 8/6/2018

It’s been a very busy few weeks as I prepare for Outside The Frame Arts, July scratch performance of Cuts Of The Cloth ( more details to follow – we are super-excited! ).

For those of you who don’t know, this is our play exploring Muslim women and their relationship with the cloth in a society obsessed with the policing of the female body so watch this space about this particular project!

In other news, myself and a whole host of wonderful writers from all backgrounds have been indulging in the genre of crime fiction. A chance to really delve into the dark side of human nature, we have created flash fiction that has been brought together by Cultureword in the new anthology ‘Shots In The Dark’.

Published by Crocus Books the micro narratives promise, ‘Bludgeonings. Distorted lives. Small victories in narrow mean worlds. Bizarre punishments and extraordinary vengeance. Dogs, bears, fish and humans – always humans – clustered and clashing in desolate landscapes. Crimes passionels. The after-effects of war. The enduring effects of race. Trauma. Badness. Rawness. Grief. Sigh. Phantasmagorical. Surreal. Hyper-real. This is desperation poured near into a black chalice.’

Last night we had an awesome celebration bringing some of the authors into the intimate setting of Three Minute Theatre in Manchester. Hosted by the ‘hostess with the mostest’ Heena Patel, we heard what David Gaffney describes as, ‘mini beasts full of suspense, violence, fear and shock with incredible characters and fascinating settings’ and we carried these stories long into the night after the event had finished.

If you want to have a read, they are available to purchase. Email admin@cultureword.org.uk to order your copy.

Special thanks to Commonword who have supported my journey and a countless amount of other writers over many years giving us space to develop and grow.

And finally – a shoutout to all the awesome contributors in the book who have become an inspiring creative family of support for one another, all the authors who made it last night for the reading – you were great to listen to and share space with and waves of support for all the ones who couldn’t make it – you were missed! X

The Art Of Silencing, 6/5/2016, The Unity, Liverpool

Delighted to be performing at The Art Of Silencing sold-out event for Palestine tomorrow at The Unity in Liverpool. Hosted by Maxine Peake with sketches, speeches, politics, song and poetry that explore the themes of silencing and repression, I’ll be joined by Northern artists in solidarity! Excited 🙂 Xxx  

Words of Resistance Poetry Evening in York, 13/05/16

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/1703827596500589/

Hard Rain Workshop on Bank Holiday Monday – ‘Liberating Childhood!’

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

Origami

I let them fold my paper body

Head parallel to knees

They tell me this is always

The best way to be seen

Press hard on unruly spine

With palm of heavy hands

Expert thumb – tips of fingers

Pinch curves into a crease

They scissor me a head

I complain I cannot see

They sculpt a beak instead

Where my mouth used to be

My new boned frame emerges

No excess flesh is seen

Contoured into sharpness

This paper swan now gleams….

@Hafsah Aneela Bashir

Published Poems! 

Lovely to open my emails and find that the next edition of Stand magazine will feature my poem ‘Bunting’ and online Blue Minaret are publishing my poems in the very near future starting with ‘I Am’ next week! Feeling the blessings among my stresses…. It’s been an eventful journey… Sending virtual thanks to all those who walked with me, all those who delivered the kick when I needed it and all those who pushed me with their bare hands! xxx