Audio: The End of Diaspora | Free Word

The End of Diaspora took place at Free Word on 22 November 2019, as part of our Writing Our Way Home Season.

 

Diaspora is Whitechapel, Bradford, Southall, Wilmslow Road and Alum Rock; diaspora is the memes we share, the turns of phrases we use, the languages we speak and don’t speak.

At a time when nation states throughout the West are struggling to make sense of their diasporic populations and defining them as ‘other’, where the rhetoric of ‘go back to where you came from’ echoes across the globe, this explosive new performance piece from poet Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khoon, with live percussion from Sarathy Korwar, reminds us that diasporas are irrevocably rooted in – and inseparable from – the places that we live in.

Listen back to an excerpt taken from Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan’s brand new performance piece on a world beyond origins:

 

 

Photos: Rowan Spray

 

“Please do them differently than we did”

 

“We are the unpatriotic”

 

“The place never matters as much as the feeling”

 

“Only when truly safe can the mind and body heal”