Poetry

I had two poems shortlisted for the international Bridport Poetry Prize 2021, and won the Outspoken Performance Prize 2019 for my poem ‘My Dua is Love.’ 

 

My poetry has been platformed across the BBC, Channel 4, National Poetry Library and features in my TEDxLondon talk ‘Rewriting my story with poetry and love as a Queer Muslim’. The Guardian described my poetry as “an exhilarating declaration of love and an invocation to bare the soul.” 

 

I am currently writing my debut poetry collection with support from the Arts Council and mentorship from Mary Jean Chan and Rachel Long.

 

I am also a guest reader and tutor at Arvon. I have performed across the UK, including at Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern, Royal Academy, Southbank Centre, Edinburgh Fringe and Amnesty International. I have poems published in: We Are The Change Makers, Macmillan: SLAM! You’re Gonna Wanna Hear This, edited by Nikita Gill, and Anti-Hate Anthology. I accept paid commissions to curate poems on a range of different themes.

 

I am currently working with Tom Jackson Greaves, as the poet and lyricist on a play adaptation of The Jungle Book, at the Watermill Theatre. 

Featured in BBC2 Performance Live: The Way Out

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Outspoken Performance Prize, 2019

Featured in award-winning Channel 4 film 

BBC World Service commissioned piece for World Mental Health Day

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Apples & Snakes at Home with Inua Ellams & Hibaq Osman. Commissioned Theme

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British Psychological Society commissioned piece

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Oxford Commissioned Piece - TIDE Salon. With sitarist Shama Rahman

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