WayWord Festival: Nadine Aisha Jassat & Alycia Pirmohamed
(THIS EVENT HAS NOW PASSED)
Tuesday 19th September, 5-6pm BST
Main Hall King’s Pavilion, King’s College Campus University of Aberdeen
This is an unmissable opportunity to hear two remarkable and distinguished Scottish writers in conversation. While their poetry is as distinctive as it is brilliant, Jassat’s and Pirmohamed’s works share common themes relating to heritage and ancestry, memory, and racial and national identity. To hear them talk about the motives and inspiration behind their creative practice, about their careers so far and, of course, about their poetry and other writing, will be a real treat for WayWORD audiences.
About Another Way to Split Water:
Shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award 2023
Longlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2023
In Alycia Pirmohamed’s debut collection, Another Way to Split Water, a woman’s body expands and contracts across the page, fog uncoils at the fringes of a forest, and water in all its forms cascades into metaphors of longing and separation just as often as it signals inheritance, revival, and recuperation. Language unfolds into unforgettable and arresting imagery, offering a map toward self-understanding that is deeply rooted in place.
These poems are a lyrical exploration of how ancestral memory reforms and transforms throughout generations, through stories told and retold, imagined and reimagined. It is a meditation on womanhood, belonging, faith, intimacy, and the natural world.
‘Pirmohamed is an immensely gifted poet’ – Eduardo C. Corral
‘An electric, taut, and glimmering achievement’ – Aria Aber