As part of our series of spoken word events, we are delighted to be sharing the work of poet Shagufta K Iqbal in celebration of World Cultural Diversity Day which is on the 21st May.

One of the most talked about performers in the region, Shagufta K is a powerful and brave voice. Her vivid thought-provoking work beautifully transports audiences to a world where gender, race, and culture are examined through a fresh, passionate and exciting perspective. Shagufta K uses arts to reach out and engage with audiences who feel their experiences are not reflected within the mainstream. She has an interest in Post-Colonial studies, representation of South Asian women in literature and national identity.

About Shagufta K

Founder of Kiota Bristol, Shagufta K Iqbal is an award-winning writer, workshop facilitator and TEDx Speaker. She has been described by gal-dem as a poet whose work ‘leaves you validated but aching – her narratives are important, heart-wrenching and relatable.’ Her poetry collection ‘Jam Is For Girls, Girls Get Jam’, has been recommended by Nikesh Shukla as ‘a social political masterclass.’ Her poetry film 'Borders' has won several awards and has been screened across international film festivals. She is currently writing her second poetry collection and debut novel.

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