Diana: The People's Aunty | Free Word

7 November 2019
19:00 - 21:00

Presented by:
Free Word


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 and three writers of East African Heritage 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.

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

Free Word


Amina Jama


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.



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  • 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
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