Postcolonial Banter is Suhaiymah’s debut collection. It features some of her most well-known and widely performed poems as well as some never-seen-before material. Her words are a disruption of comfort, a call to action, a redistribution of knowledge and an outpouring of dissent.
Whilst enraged and devastated by the world she finds herself in, in many ways that world is also the normalized and everyday reality of her life. Hence, whilst political and complex in nature, her poetry is also just the reality of life for her and others like her. Life in a world where structural violence is rife makes it a shared knowledge, and sometimes, when possible, that shared knowledge is the subversive in-joke, the bonding glance of solidarity, or the passing nod of affection used by those who know it to survive those structures themselves. This collection is first and foremostly for them.
Ranging from critiquing racism, systemic Islamophobia, the function of the nation-state and rejecting secularist visions of identity, to reflecting on the difficulty of writing and penning responses to conversations she wishes she’d had; Suhaiymah’s debut collection is ready and raring to enter the world. الله أكبر
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Suhaiymah is co-author of A Fly Girl’s Guide to University (Verve Poetry Press, 2019), author of Postcolonial Banter (Verve Poetry Press, 2019), and Tangled in Terror: Uprooting Islamophobia (Pluto Press, 2022), as well as host of the Breaking Binaries podcast (on hiatus). She has essays in I Refuse To Condemn (Manchester University Press, 2020) and Cut From The Same Cloth? (Unbound, 2021) and has written for The Guardian, Independent, Al-Jazeera, and gal-dem. She was the National Roundhouse Poetry Slam runner-up in 2017 and is currently a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London (2020-2022) and Writer in Residence at the Leeds Playhouse (2021-2022). She has written plays for The Royal Court, Albany and other theatres and is currently under commission with Kiln theatre and Freedom Studios. Suhaiymah is also an active member of the Geographies of Embodiment (GEM) research collective and co-founder of abolitionist group, The Nejma Collective.