Tag Archives: Poetry

Jan-July 2022 Roundup

It feels like a very long time since any posts have come up here – and indeed, it’s because it has been. It’s been an incredibly busy year. I’ve completed my first year of teacher training (got my QTS, but … Continue reading

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‘Al-Baseet Diary’ – Teaching Myself Metered Arabic

At the start of 2021, I gave myself the goal of writing metered Arabic poetry. One year on, I have not managed to do that to any degree of satisfaction, however I have come a long way. I’ve read more … Continue reading

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Between Two Islands – Round Up

It has been a bumper month for the Between Two Islands project. I’ve been too busy to even do all the marketing expected of sole artists in today’s market… So in case you missed it: The Between Two Islands Shop … Continue reading

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New Poem: Prophecy & Prayers

A new poem of mine is published today in Issue 1 of BAHR // بحر magazine, a great new, bilingual En/Ar magazine. My poem, Prophecy & Prayers, is best read on a computer (or ‘Desktop View’) due to its formatting. … Continue reading

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RAQABIYYA, or Neck Tax

RAQABIYYA, or Neck Tax Granny, chewing a date, transmits her soul, then presses it between the baby girl’s lips. “[They] suffer from the tyranny of their masters more keenly than language can express,” observes Captain Robert Taylor of the East India Companyas he passes … Continue reading

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Review: The Arabic Prose Poem by Huda Fakhreddine

I had the pleasure of discovering Huda Fakhreddine’s work a few months ago, just as I set myself the challenge to write more in Arabic. Her articles on the Arabic prose poem were insightful, and so I eagerly awaited her … Continue reading

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Resistance Is My Mother Tongue – Reflections

Today is International Mother Language Day and as part of the festivities planned in Manchester, I co-produced, with Nasima Begum and Young Identity, Resistance Is My Mother Tongue, a multi-lingual poetry event. You can rewatch the event here: Major thanks … Continue reading

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Between Two Islands: Poetry Writing Workshops for Bahrainis in Britain

ما بين جزيرتين – ورش عمل حول كتابة الشعر للبحرينيين المقيمين في بريطانيا I am excited to announce a new series of poetry workshops for the Bahraini community in the UK! Click here to register for the events (اضغط هنا … Continue reading

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The Desire of Life – Abu Al-Qassim Al-Shabbi (A New Translation)

A new translation of the famous Arabic poem ‘The Desire of Life’ by Abu Al-Qassim Al-Shabbi Continue reading

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