Metal are delighted to announce that writer Amina Atiq will be in residence at Chalkwell Hall as part of the Essex Writers’ House in March.
Amina Atiq is a Yemeni- Scouse writer, a performance artist, facilitator and activist.
She will be working on a pamphlet to raise awareness and celebrate Yemeni women writers. Inspired by women’s poetry collection, ‘Scars Upon My heart’ written by women during the First World War, this personally driven project seeks to empower Yemeni women impacted by war.
“throughout history, male war poets are celebrated for their heroism, sacrifice and their voices are heard in the trenches, but the female voice is ignored”
Yemen is one of the Arab world’s poorest countries and has been devastated by civil war since March 2013. Amina’s new pamphlet will invite readers to hear the hidden voices of Yemeni women and give them a platform for their work.
This residency has evolved from an intensive research and development LAB at Metal Liverpool, where artists were invited to explore how art can continue to effectively respond to social, racial or political inequality and inform change.
Amina was awarded the LJMU Citizenship award for her active and community engagement work and awarded the best North West volunteer by Human Appeal. She was long listed for the Jerwood Poetry Fellowship, awarded as a Young Associate for Curious Minds and BBC Words First Finalist in 2019.
She has been featured on various artistic platforms such as BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 6 music, BBC 4 Radio, Bitesize, The Independent, British Muslim TV @thewarehouse, Writing on the Wall, Skinny magazine, Whispering Dialogue, CAAT, Human Appeal and many more.
In collaboration with Liverpool Arabs Arts Festival, she has partnered with Liverpool and Leeds University in delivering its first ever-national arts engagement project- funded by the British Academy. Amina is currently developing a spoken word monologue with DadaFest, inviting the audience to a 1970’s Yemeni-British household, untangling what it means to belong? Her recent commissioned work for Tate Liverpool responds to Theaster Gates Exhibition, Amalgam. Also, she shares her journey as an artist and activist at the Moving on up: Making an impact with your career at Merseyside Maritime Museum. Amina will be supporting Simon Armitage on his Laureate’s Library Tour 2020.
To find out more about visit the Essex House Writers House 2020 www.essexwritershouse.com