Nadine Aisha Jassat & Alycia Pirmohamed
Tuesday 19th September, 5-6pm BST
Main Hall King's Pavilion, King's College Campus University of Aberdeen
This is an unmissable opportunity to hear two remarkable and distinguished Scottish writers in conversation. While their poetry is as distinctive as it is brilliant, Jassat’s and Pirmohamed’s works share common themes relating to heritage and ancestry, memory, and racial and national identity. To hear them talk about the motives and inspiration behind their creative practice, about their careers so far and, of course, about their poetry and other writing, will be a real treat for WayWORD audiences.
Nadine Aisha Jassat is the author of acclaimed poetry collection Let Me Tell You This, and her work has been published widely in popular anthologies such as Picador’s It’s Not About the Burqa (Shortlisted for Foyles Non-Fiction Book of the Year) and Bloodaxe's Staying Human, as well as drawing significant acclaim, including being shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, and winning a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award. Nadine has performed her work internationally and across media, from taking part in Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Outriders Africa to appearing in BBC’s The Big Scottish Book Club, and has taught creative writing across the UK and internationally. Her debut verse novel The Stories Grandma Forgot (And How I Found Them), is a gripping mystery that shines a light on Alzheimer’s and identity, has recently been published with Hachette Children’s Group.
Alycia Pirmohamed is a Canadian-born poet based in Scotland. She is the author of Another Way to Split Water, as well as the pamphlets Hinge and Faces that Fled the Wind, and the collaborative essay Second Memory, which was co-authored with Pratyusha. She is the co-founder of the Scottish BPOC Writers Network, a co-organiser of the Ledbury Poetry Critics Program, and currently teaches on the MSt. Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge. Alycia has held post-doctoral positions at University Edinburgh and at the University of Liverpool, and received an MFA from the University of Oregon and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She is the recipient of several awards, including the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize and the 2020 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award.