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About Sanah


Sanah is an award-winning poet, a HCPC registered clinical psychologist, a presenter, speaker and educator. Her work is centred on compassion, troubling our colonial understandings of mental health and embracing each other's madness. Her practice is shaped by liberation psychology, and draws on therapeutics, poetics, spirituality, and post-activism as interconnected practices to support racialised and marginalised people. Her published research is on the deconstruction of whiteness within UK clinical psychology.

Some of Sanah's media work includes: presenting a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary exploring the medicalisation of young people’s distress and giving a TED Talk entitled 'Rewriting my story with love and poetry as a queer muslim.' As a speaker and facilitator, Sanah has travelled to many places - most recently to LA for Google, to speak to black and brown leaders from across the world at the 2022 ADCOLOUR conference.

Sanah's non-fiction writing has appeared in the likes of The Guardian – articles that have gone viral across the UK, US and Australia. She is currently working on a non-fiction book, about liberation psychology and embracing madness. Her debut poetry collection is forthcoming with Bloomsbury in 2024/25.


Sanah was a recipient of the Outspoken Poetry Performance Prize, has been shortlisted for the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize, White Review Poetry Prize,  Bridport Poetry Prize, Frontier Poetry Prize and longlisted for the National Poetry Competition. She is a member of The Southbank’s New Poet’s Collective 2023. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in The Poetry Review, The London Magazine, Poetry Wales, Wasafiri, The White Review, Ink Sweat & Tears, 14 Poems amongst others, and anthologised by several presses, including Pan-Macmillan. Sanah’s poems have been featured on Channel 4 and BBC 4, and reviewed by The Guardian as "an exhilarating declaration of love and an invocation to bare the soul.” 

Whilst writing, Sanah is also engaging in community and liberation psychology practices. These include: building an anti-racist psychology curriculum for secondary schools across Wales, building anti-racism as a core competence for clinical psychology training at the University of Hertfordshire, facilitating monthly spaces for black and brown people at The Barbican, and working as lead psychologist for Beyond Equality; an organisation tackling gender-based violence with men and boys.

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