About Sanah

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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 documentary exploring the medicalisation of young people’s distress, hosting conversations for the Southbank Centre on "women of colour’s mental health", and giving a TED Talk entitled 'Rewriting my story with love and poetry as a queer muslim.' 

 

Sanah won the Outspoken Poetry Performance Prize 2019. She recently had two poems shortlisted for the Bridport Prize 2021, and three poems longlisted for the Frontier Poetry Prize 2021. Sanah's poetry has been published in several anthologies, and has been featured on Channel 4 and BBC 2. The Guardian described her poetry as "an exhilarating declaration of love and an invocation to bare the soul."  Sanah is currently writing her debut poetry collection with support from Arts Council England, and mentorship from Mary Jean Chan and Rachel Long.

Whilst writing her first collection, Sanah is also engaging in community psychology practices. These include: building anti-racism as a core competence for clinical psychology training at the University of Hertfordshire, facilitating monthly spaces for QTBIPOC at Beyond Equality and The Barbican, and working as lead child and adolescent facilitator for Thinking Space on Broadwater Farm Estate, alongside Frank Lowe.