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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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Commonword Writer Of The Month – May 2017

So for someone who likes to talk and perform poetry, I have realised that talking about myself is sometimes a huge issue dependant on how I’m feeling that day! Performative speech is fine but tell me to talk about feelings and jeez, I start to run a mile in my head. I’m learning that there is real beauty in being honest about our vulnerabilities and that in some way, shape or form, we all have them! 

Luckily, I had lots to say in the interview below with Commonword – a collective that provides great support to BAME and/or queer writers. I remember tentatively stepping into their offices a few years ago, having just finished an undergrad degree in English & Criminology and devoting a decade to raising kids. Trust me, I was worried this mind was rusty and that studying had killed my creativity. Pensive, reluctant to share my work, crippled by very little confidence and self-belief, I shared a poem called ‘Patience’ and then cried at the response. The journey ever since has been amazing. 

With an anthology launch last Friday ( see previous blog post ),  a Jerwood Fellows Scholarship through Manchester International Festival, a commision with The Royal Exchange, co-forming a collective called Outside The Frame Arts which will explore hidden voices some juicy projects, I’m feeling excited. Terrified but excited. I am learning that stepping into the unknown is how we truly grow. And I hope  you continue to join me along the way! X

http://www.cultureword.org.uk/writer-of-the-month-hafsah-aneela-bashir/

Six Poems – Stand Literary Magazine! 

Six of my poems published in this literary magazine is a good way to start my morning! Featuring Eric Paul Schaffer, Helen Mort, John Cassidy and W.D Jackson amongst others! ❤️🙏🏽

Launching ‘Elevator Fiction’ Anthology, Manchester Central Library, 10/09/16

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 

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TOAST POETS 2016! 

I’m so happy to share my good news with y’all! Look who’s officially one of the 12 writers picked for TOAST poets 2016! 

We will have the opportunity to be mentored by four great poets over the next few months and I am thoroughly looking forward to producing some new writing! Watch this space 🙂 xxx

Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee! 

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

The Hurst, The John Osborne Arvon Centre, Shropshire 14-19/3/16 

It’s hard to believe that it was only last week I was in the company of sixteen talented BAME or LGBTQ writers as part of Women In The Spotlight, Three Minute Theatre and Commonword at The Hurst Arvon retreat in Shropshire. 
A beautiful place where we all had the opportunity to get creative far away from daily distractions and the internet. The house and gardens were the former home of playwright John Osborne. The grounds boast Redwoods, wild orchids, surrounded by the forest-covered Shropshire Hills and sits within 26 acres of woodland, with a spring-fed lake and inspiring walks. 
Here under the mentorship of our two amazing tutors, Salena Godden for performance poetry and Ola Animashawun for scriptwriting, we all had the opportunity to develop our craft in ways that we needed to. Tanika Gupta, acclaimed playwright, shared an intimate evening with us. We also developed communal cooking skills, shared experiences through our work and bonded in friendship. A thoroughly inspiring week over way too soon! Xxx