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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!

The Celox and the Clot by Hafsah Aneela Bashir – Burning Eye Books

The Celox and the Clot by Hafsah Aneela Bashir – Burning Eye Books
— Read on burningeyebooks.wordpress.com/2018/09/28/the-celox-and-the-clot-by-hafsah-aneela-bashir/amp/

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

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