Meet the team

Nafeesa Hamid

Nafeesa Hamid is a writer and creative producer. She came to the UK from Pakistan as a babby but has lived in Birmingham since. Her debut poetry collection ‘Besharam’ (2018, Verve Poetry Press) was highly commended for the Forward Prize 2020 and she is published in the Forward Book of Poetry 2020.  Nafeesa has performed nationally and internationally; she was a guest for Jo Brand’s show on BBC Radio 4 Friday Night Comedy, as well as a BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam finalist (2018). She is published in The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write, a (2017, Saqi Books) anthology edited by Sabrina Mahfouz. Nafeesa is founder of Twisted Tongues open mic and also facilitates poetry and performance workshops. Nafeesa is a volunteer at ChangeKitchen (Birmingham) and enjoys cooking in her spare time too

Kamil Mahmood

Kamil Mahmood is a Poet, Spoken word and Visual Artist born and raised in Birmingham. His work explores identity, community, Islam, the British Pakistani diaspora, masculinity and international activism. His debut collection ‘Mute Men’ was published by Verve Poetry Press in 2019. He has worked with organisations including Beatfreeks, Birmingham REP, Sampad, and the National Heritage Memorial Fund.  

Rupinder Kaur

Rupinder Kaur is a Birmingham Panjabi poet, performer, workshop facilitator and creative curator. Her debut poetry book Rooh (2018) was published with Verve Poetry Press. She has also been featured in SPAKE Dialect and Voices from the West Midlands (2019) edited by Urszula Clark and Jonathan Davidson published by Ninearches press.Rupinder’s work explores language, culture, identity, history – often exploring gender narratives. She has been awarded a DYCP grant from the Arts Council to work on her next poetry collection and is currently a BBC new creative.