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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

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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