The North, Pennine Press, Oxford Poetry, Magma, Poetry Birmingham, And Other Poems
Introduction X (The poetry Busines), Surfing the Twilight (Hive), Halfway Smile (Hive), 50 Golden Anthology (Avon)
Warda led and facilitated a 6-week writing project, for young Somali girls and girls of colour, to document their stories and experiences. These sessions, at the Sheffield Somali Community Centre, were supported by Hive, and the poems were collated into a print anthology edited by Warda and Vicky Morris. The launch event and performance took place on Tues 15 Oct. It was a jam-packed event that saw many girls and women perform their words. It included guest speakers such as Dr Muna Abdi, artist, writer and creative Danae Wellington and Hive performers.
Review of Mixing Roots
“One of the poems that stood out to me was ‘All the Places I See Happiness’ by one performer. with phrases including “you see confidence, self-love and beauty in hijab – that is happiness”, the poem was beautiful and moving as she discussed how happiness was not always in the most obvious places. Furthermore, she also started her reading by defining Somali words she used within the poem, such as Eedo meaning paternal aunt. This emphasised the community feel of the event as it facilitated the inclusivity because it meant everyone could understand what was said. Moreover, another poem that I enjoyed was Hana’s ‘Ambition’. One line that stuck with me was “like emerging sunflowers in a drought – ambition”. The imagery that this brings about is powerful since in its discussion of ambition, the uplifting line becomes
motivational.” By Gabriella Ingamells
African poetry workshop with Utopia theatre Oct, 2020
Off the Shelf- Bi-lingual workshops Oct, 2020