Ali Al-Jamri

Bahraini writer and poet, based in the UK. Member of Young Identity and receiving mentorship from Commonword. Creative Producer and Editor of Between Two Islands project and anthology, funded by Arts Council England. BBC Words First 2020 semi-finalist. New Writing North Arabic Translation mentee, 2021.

I’m passionate about Bahraini history, the Baharna experience, human rights and decolonising education. This website showcases work I’ve put out over the years – please note, I’ve done more work under campaigning organisations, particularly around education and human rights. If you’d like to see more of my work, please just get in touch.

BA Journalism at the University of Winchester. MA Near & Middle Eastern Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Published Poems
– Prophecy and Prayers, in Bahr Issue 1, 2021
– RAQABIYYA, Or Neck Tax, in Ecosystems of Fury – The Scalpel and the Sledgehammers – Myth Restoration (Anthology), Young Identity, 2021
– Adrift Along the Moonbeam, in Between Two Islands, 2021
– The Milled-Up Years, in Zindabad Issue 1, 2021
– The Invention of Rational Economic Man, in Consilience Issue 3, 2020
– Translation: “The Desire of Life”, in Modern Poetry in Translation 3/2020
– After The Last Edition, in Peterloo Poems by Manchester People, 2019
– More translations and poems published informally on Instagram

Poetry Productions
– Between Two Islands Launch, 2021
The Stories We Thread, Manchester City of Literature and Manchester Poetry Library, World Poetry Day 2021
Resistance Is My Mother Tongue, with Young Identity, International Mother Language Day 2021

Other Works
– Who We Are KS3 Anthology Teacher Pack: 25 brilliant texts to enrich your KS3 English curriculum, Harper Collins, 2021 – Contributing Author

Between Two Islands: How British Bahrainis Found A Home In Poetry, in Middle East Eye
Remembering Ghazi Al-Haddad, in ArabLit

twitter: @ali_mn_aljamri
instagram: @alialjamri_scribbles