Saturday 2nd Feb 2019
3pm - 4pm
Contemporary Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Rupinder Kaur is a Birmingham born Panjabi poet and biomedical science student with an immense love for South Asian arts. She sees writing and reading poetry as a way to liberate the soul. Her debut poetry book, Rooh was released in September 2018 with Verve Poetry Press.
Nafeesa Hamid is a British Pakistani poet and playwrite based in Birmingham. She has featured at nights around the UK and was invited as a performer at TedxBrum 2016 (Power of Us). Nafeesa is published in The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write, a recent (2017) anthology publication by Saqi Books, edited by Sabrina Mahfouz. She is also published in the Women Anthology with Mud Press (2017). She is alumni of Mouthy Poets and Derby Theatre Graduate Associate Artists. She is a BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam finalist (2018). Her debut collection ‘Besharam’ (2018) is available to purchase from Verve Press.
Nafeesa has featured at nights including Outspoken (London), She Grrrowls, Poetry is Dead Good, DiVerse, Hit the Ode, Howl, Find the Right Words, and others. As a creative producer Nafeesa is the founder and co-organiser of Twisted Tongues (Derby and Birmingham) and Twisted Tongues Scribble Sessions. Nafeesa has been commissioned by and worked with: Apples and Snakes, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, mac Birmingham, and Beatfreeks to name a few. In 2018 Nafeesa was one of the artists chosen to perform at Pass the Mic (part of Festival of Audacity with Free Radical at Beatfreeks and BBC Music Day), filmed by BBC Asian Network, earlier in 2018.
Nafeesa’s work looks at themes such as mental health, sex, domestic violence and identity, using personal experience as the basis of her writing. She owns 2 Roborovski hamsters and some pet fish. She likes to cook whilst doing bad dancing.