Jul 28 2020


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm



Extracurricular: Taking your words off the page to global stage with Suhaiymah Manzoor Khan

Extracurricular is a series of sessions which you give you the opportunity to learn more about different jobs in the arts, sharing of artistic pathways, journeys and resources.


Taking your words off the page to global stage with Suhaiymah Manzoor Khan
This session content will include:

  • Her journey and insight into how someone like herself who still describes themselves as a social introvert can learn and embody the skills of spoken-word poetry in order to use it as a means of self-expression, political protest and even education and advocacy work.
  • Reflections on making work that is based on history, race and power
  • An exercise
  • Q&A

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a poet, educator and writer from West Yorkshire. Her work grapples with questions of history, race and power – interrogating the political purpose of narratives about Muslims, migrants, gender and violence.

Suhaiymah is the author of poetry collection, Postcolonial Banter (Verve Poetry Press, 2019), co-author of the anthology, A FLY GIRL’S GUIDE TO UNIVERSITY: Being a woman of colour at Cambridge and other institutions of power and elitism (Verve Poetry Press, 2019) and hosts the Breaking Binaries podcast.

Suhaiymah was the runner-up of the Roundhouse National slam 2017 with her viral poem, This is Not a Humanising Poem which gained 2 million views and was short-listed for the Outspoken Prize for Poetry in 2018. In 2018-19 she was a Nicola Thorold Fellow at the Roundhouse and is currently an Associate Artist at Freedom Studios in Bradford, 2020-21.Suhaiymah has performed her poetry internationally from New York to Las Vegas, and Berlin to Edinburgh. She regularly facilitates poetry and political education workshops at schools, Universities and in communities across the UK, and her work is featured on University and school syllabi. Suhaiymah has written for The Guardian, Independent, Al-Jazeera, gal-dem and other national media outlets and her work has featured across radio and TV stations, magazines and digital media.

The rapper, Lowkey, describes Suhaiymah’s poetry as “essential food for thought in these tumultuous times. Her courage to challenge the dictatorship of prevailing orthodoxy in our political moment inspires and liberates all who read her work. Study it, think about it, make notes around it and treasure it because you are holding a piece of history in your hands.”


Where and when?
Tuesday 28th July @ 6pm – 7:30pm
Via Zoom (an online meeting platform that you can access through your computer, tablet or smartphone, a bit like Skype or facetime). When you sign up we’ll send you all the details about how to join.

How do I sign up?
Please email to Shazia Bibi ( – with a few sentences about why you’re interested and what you hope to get out of this session. The number of people who can take part is limited and we expect to have lots of interest, so we will use this information to help us in offering places.

This workshop is part of Bradford Producing Hub’s ‘Extracurricular’ programme – a series of online sessions to support creatives in the Bradford district.

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