September 20, 2023
As part of Oxford House's Creative Cafe series, join us for a night showcasing the next generation of Somali writers.
Creative Cafe: Discover New Writing
Dates September 20, 2023 - September 20, 2023
Times 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Price £5 + Booking Fee
Location Oxford House Cafe
Join us to celebrate the next generation Somali writers at Oxford House.
The evening is headlined by Mo Mahamud and features special guests Sabrina Ali, Muna Dahir and Ayaan Mohamud. This night is hosted by Noura Sheikh and features a discussion exploring the power of storytelling, readings and several new releases.
Line Up Includes:
Ayaan Mohamud wrote her first ever book in lockdown and during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) while also studying as a medical student, and it became her debut novel. It was inspired by her own experiences of Islamophobia and a desire to write about Somali culture, which she hopes to shine more of a light on in YA. She lives in London and can usually be found either writing or complaining about writing.
Mo is a writer, storyteller, photographer, and editor, who possesses a talent for crafting clear, concise, and compelling content. Mo is the founder and writer of an international platform called Somali Sideways. Somali Sideways began as a photo project that is looking to focus on re-positioning perceptions of Somalis and the diaspora – a people who often suffer from negative stereotypes. Mo is the author of the books; Somali Sideways: Photobook in Changing the Perceptions of the Somalis, Somali Sideways Araweelo Edition and Somali Sideways: Women Stories.
Sabrina is a British Somali actor, playwrite and director. In 2021 she wrote and co-directed a sold out one woman play called Muna Knows It All at Rich Mix. The following year she wrote Dugsi Dayz which also had a sold-out run. After winning this year’s Untapped Awards’, Dugsi Dayz will be heading to this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Sabrina is keen to put British- Somalis on the map. By sharing her experiences of growing up in London, she is hoping to pull out gems that are normally overlooked and bring light to them through her projects. She is currently working on her debut feature and developing her play Dugsi Dayz and also part of this year’s Royal Court’s writers group.
Muna is an editor of her father, the late Mohamed Dahir Afrax’s book Maana-faay (English version). A story of a family, love, and secrets. It portrays the tension between the urban life and the rural transition from the past way of living to the urbanized and modern lifestyle. Mohamed Dahir was an author who wrote in Somali, Arabic and English. Afrax has published three novels in Somali, Guur-ku-sheeg (1975), Maana-faay (1979) and Galti-macruuf (1980). Also a playwright, Afrax has written two plays, his major contribution in the field of theatre criticism is Somali Drama: Historical and Critical Study (1987). In his novels and plays, Afrax denounces moral corruption and social injustice
Noura A Sheikh, Event Host;
Noura is the host for our Creative Cafe series. She has 10 years working with some of the world’s most prestigious organisations including the BBC, Blackgirl Fest, Founders Vine, and L’Oreal. Noura is passionate about empowering women and has also led grassroots community organisations for Black Muslims in the UK.