Diana: The People's Aunty | Free Word

7 November 2019
19:00 - 21:00

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Poetry readings with Amina Jama and writers of East African heritage


Before Diane (Abbott) single-handedly selling out mojitos, there was (Lady) Diana – ‘The People’s Aunty’: a real life superhero to immigrant mums.

Against the backdrop of a hostile environment, the ‘go back home’ rhetoric and the threat of deportation, Diana was a beacon of compassion, humanity and hope. What does this say about the world our parents lived in – and how does it compare to now?

The 2018 Windrush scandal saw second and third generation immigrants lose family and friends to wrongful deportation at the hands of the UK Home Office. Loved ones were ripped from their lives, along with their stories and truths. How do we ensure that their truths live on, out in the open?

Join Somali-British poet Amina Jama, Mohamed Mohamed, Neimo Askar and Esther Kondo for a moving, funny and intimate night of poetry unpacking the Diana complex, stories of migration, deportation and more.

Amina Jama is a writer and curator of Somalinimo (till I dhimo).  She has been commissioned by the BBC, Nationwide, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the London Mayor’s Office. Her debut poetry pamphlet is edited by Jacob Sam-La Rose and will be published by Flipped Eye later this year. Neimo Askar is a British-Somali poet and founder of London poetry open mic night Poetry and Shaah. Esther Kondo is a writer, poet, experimental filmmaker and co-founder of platform Poet and Prophetess. Mohamed Mohamed is a poet and founder of (un)Heard Words, a project focused on using poetry as a tool for interfaith engagement.

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7 November 2019
19:00 - 21:00
£6 / £5 (30 & under)

Free Word

BIOS

Amina Jama

Writer

Amina Jama is a Somali-British writer. An alumna of Barbican Young Poets, member of Octavia Poetry Collective, co-host of Boxedin, Amina has completed residencies and performed internationally with Speaking Volumes. Her work often explores displacement, dual cultural identity and family and has been published in numerous anthologies, as well as shortlisted for the Outspoken 2018 Poetry Prize. In 2018, her work was studied by third year literature students at the University of Bristol exploring a module on Law, Race & Literature. She have been commissioned by the BBC, Nationwide, The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the London Mayor's Office.

Mohamed Mohamed

Writer and Poet

Mohamed is a British-Somali poet based in London. Founder of the (un)Heard Words, a project focused on using poetry as a tool for interfaith engagement, Mohamed often explores the topic of faith, identity, politics and masculinity in his poems. Mohamed's poem for climate change, 'I remember' was shortlisted for the Free Word’s 2015 The Time is Now Poetry Prize. Mohamed’s poems have been commissioned by Apples and Snakes, Roundhouse, The Only Way is Ethics whilst nationally featuring at events, including the Southbank Centre and Literature festivals.

Neimo Askar

Poet

Neimo Askar is a British-Somali poet. She explores identity and trauma in her poetry. She is also the founder of London poetry open mic night Poetry and Shaah.

Esther Kondo

Poet and Filmmaker

Esther Kondo is a writer, poet, experimental filmmaker and co-founder of Poet and Prophetess, an initiative dedicated to facilitating, producing and amplifying unheard artistic voices in Germany/UK. She has recently been shortlisted for the Sawti Poetry Prize and is a Barbican Young Poet 18/19 alumni.

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ACCESS

There is step-free access to all areas of Free Word and a number of other facilities available to make the venue accessible. 

  • Our box office, theatre and hall are all on the ground floor with step-free access from the street
  • Meeting rooms and offices are accessible by lift from the ground floor
  • There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor
  • Hearing loops are available at the box office and the theatre (when set up theatre style) and in all meeting rooms
  • If you need to bring someone for assistance, please get in touch with us so we can provide a free ticket for them

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