Friday, 30 November 2018 at 5:00 pm – Friday, 30 November 2018 at 6:50 pm

Manchester Muslim Writers present: Hafsah Aneela Bashir | The Celox and the Clot

Date: Friday 30th November 2018

Time: 5pm - 6.50pm

Location: Room 3.15, Business School

Tickets: Free - available here: 

Manchester Muslim Writers present: Hafsah Aneela Bashir | The Celox and the Clot

Hafsah Aneela Bashir, poet and dramatist, will be reading from her new collection of poetry, The Celox and the Clot and talk to us about her work and inspiration.


"Hafsah Aneela Bashir's debut poetry collection is charged with a fierce compulsion to reveal and explore raw and open wounds from the domestic to political settings. With searingly and sharply observed detail, her poetry not only documents the tragic harm that war inflicts upon people but also explores relationships which are under strain closer to our domestic lives. A collection framed within a conceit of journeys, it crucially opens with `Gulshan-I-Iqbal Park' confronting the reader with the cold brutality of terrorism and the murder of children in their play-park. As the journey begins with a hijacked lift and ends with a pile of `footless shoes' at the gates to the park, the reader continues this consciously crafted journey embracing personal and universal subjects and themes. This assured and fearless voice wields words and constructs a maze of striking imagery to make readers stop and look again and again at what they had imagined was the familiar. As in her poem `Jasmine', Hafsah's writing takes hold of and shakes complacency and misconceptions with beautiful simplicity. Replete with tender and poignant moments, this collection is an exploration of the human condition and the conflicts that arise within us."

This event is organised by Manchester Muslim Writers in partnership with the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. The partnership has been developed as part of Zahid Hussain’s Manchester Writing School visiting fellowship ( 

Please note, this is Manchester Muslim Writers' first event at the Manchester Writing School (Manchester Metropolitan University) and therefore please book in advance so that we are aware of numbers.

For more information, please contact:

James Draper ·

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