Interview with Shabibi Shah Nola – Afghan poet, writer and community leader

Shabibi Shah Nola - Afghan poet, writer and community leader Photo by Georgie Knaggs

Shabibi Shah Nola – Afghan poet, writer and community leader
Photo by Georgie Knaggs

This piece was written for The New Londoners, thanks to the Migrants Resource Centre and the Ruth Hayman Trust, who kindly arranged my interview with Shabibi Shah – Afghan poet, writer and community leader.

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“Souvenirs” – torture remembered ‘live’ on stage in Bath

"Torture, hatred and political rhetoricstoke the flames."

“Torture, hatred and political rhetoric
stoke the flames.”

In 2013 Hasani, who writes protest poetry and advocates for recognition of human rights and justice in his homeland, Zimbabwe, was on stage at the Bath Literary Festival as one of the cast in “Souvenirs”.  The play was written by the cast, who were all members of Freedom from Torture’s creative writing group – Write to Life.  

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Poetry: If you were to come back (by Hasani)

Zimbabwe flag

Zimbabwe flag

Hasani is a poet from Zimbabwe who left the country due to political strife. He writes protest poetry and advocates for recognition of human rights and justice in Zimbabwe. He currently lives in London.

Below is one of his poems: “If you were to come back”

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Poetry: The land (by Zimbabwean poet Hasani)

 

Coming in to land at Harare International Airport in Zimbabwe

Coming in to land at Harare International Airport in Zimbabwe

Hasani is a poet from Zimbabwe who left the country due to political strife. He writes protest poetry and advocates for recognition of human rights and justice in Zimbabwe. He currently lives in London.

Below is one of his poems – this one is about the land.

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Poetry: Zimbabwe teapot (by Hasani)

"Torture, hatred and political rhetoric stoke the flames" by Hasani

“Torture, hatred and political rhetoric
stoke the flames” by Hasani

Hasani is a poet from Zimbabwe who left the country due to political strife. He writes protest poetry and advocates for recognition of human rights and justice in Zimbabwe. He currently lives in London.

Below is the poem he wrote to go with the image above. I read it for the first time in 2013.

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POEM: These are the boots … (by Peter Rolls)

(Peter Rolls retired from the Civil Service in 1990 and joined a creative writing class in Camberley.  Since then he has been writing on a more-or-less weekly basis: stories, poems and the occasional amdram play.  He is now with the West Street Writers in Farnham and busy, busy …)

These are the boots ...

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