I got to have some fun at UCL last week, having been asked to perform at one of the events held during the Festival of Culture. Hanna Baumann, the organiser who invited me, and I had discussed beforehand that although I would be mentioned in promo material, I shouldn't have any attention drawn to me… Continue reading Representing Refuge: The Role of the Arts in Mass Displacement, on Thursday 7th June 2018
This was quite exciting – I think this is the first time my name has been up on a projector behind me! I was performing at the BP Lecture Theatre at the British Museum to help launch the RELIEF Centre [I had to stop myself from doing a performance where I poured oil on myself as… Continue reading First performance as IGP poet-in-residence
I had a lovely time on the panel, got a chance to talk about mental health and how London has impacted on that - made some lovely new friends and we already had mutual friends from the poetry! I did a short set of 2 poems and although I had to make a swift exit… Continue reading Rich Mix Takeover Launch
This Friday, I'll be taking part in a panel discussion to mark the start of the Summer 2017 Takeover Fest at Rich Mix TAKEOVER LAUNCH BOOK NOW FRIDAY 21 JULY MAIN SPACE FREE IN A NUTSHELL #ShahlaaDiscovers presents the TAKEOVER Launch, bringing urban music with a message to East London. GO ON... TAKEOVER Launch will… Continue reading Event: Panel Discussion 21st July – FREE TICKET LINK BELOW
Another year, another Walthamstow Garden Party. It's always a delight to be able to perform here as we are usually very lucky with the weather. I was performing alongside a long list of amazing poets, starting with the latest crop of Barbican Junior Poets. The work these young people do is a credit to themselves and… Continue reading Walthamstow Garden Party 2017
So, completely unexpected, I've been asked to be the first Poet-In-Residence for UCL's Institute of Global Prosperity - I'll be writing a poem a month on the themes and work that the IGP grapples with. This all came about through the Barbican - the head of the IGP, Professor Henrietta Moore, wanted someone to perform… Continue reading Exciting news!
As promised, you're getting the podcast! You can listen/download to it here. From the Post Everything website: Combining the sonic signature of the Barbican with the unique voices of the young creatives making work inside the building, The Body Sonata podcast deals with borders and scale. From the barriers between blood vessels to the line we draw… Continue reading The Body Sonata – A Collaboration with Post Everything