EVENT: Mushaira: with poets Navkiran Mann, Nafeesa Hamid, Shahnaz Akhter & Khizra Bano

Saturday 16 July 2022, 12.30 -1.30pm


Belgrade Theatre, B2

Tickets: FREE, no booking required

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Age guideline: 14+

Unapologetic Brown Women: Navkiran Mann, Shahnaz Akhter, Khizra Bano and guest poet Nafeesa Hamid will share a selection of poems disrupting narratives around power, beauty, and feminism.


About the Speaker(s):

Navkiran Kaur Mann is a Spoken Word Artist, Poet, Writer and Creative Producer.  She has worked internationally for the Commonwealth Games, representing the UK and India. Her current clients include West Midlands Growth Agency, Aviva West Coast Trains, Wolverhampton University and Warwick University. Navkiran is bilingual in Punjabi and English and enjoys flowing between both languages. Navkiran is passionate about creating and collaborating with others and co-curated Coventry first spoken word festival, called “Presence” developing paid talent pipelines and platforms for other poets.

Shahnaz Akhter is a research fellow and outreach officer at the University of Warwick, where she co-founded the Colonial Hangover Project. She uses spoken word as part of her teaching and research practices. Her poetry reflects on her heritage which, as a proud Coventry kid is entwined with the city’s history and the journey her parents made to make Coventry their own.

Khizra Bano was born in 1979 in inner city Birmingham and brought up in a South Asian family with a lot of rules.  She has spent her whole life pushing boundaries and fighting for her freedom to be her authentic, flawed, messy, original self.  Her voice is that of an often silenced intersectional minority and her story is one of courage and resilience.  Khizra’s work is an invitation to walk your own path- not the one that is forged for you and forced on you.

Nafeesa Hamid is a poet, workshop facilitator, performer, and creative producer. She was born in Pakistan, bred in Birmingham. Her debut poetry collection Besharam (Verve Poetry Press, 2018) was highly commended for the Forward Prizes. She is published in the Forward Book of Poetry 2020Forward Poems of the Decade 2011-2020 and The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write (Saqi Books, 2017).

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Belgrade Theatre Coventry
Belgrade Square


16 Jul 2022


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm