Amina Atiq - Shamin' on the Train
Amina Atiq, Yemeni Liverpool poet and writer’s racial abuse on a train to Liverpool, when she was told to speak English, made national headlines. In a special commission for Writing on the Wall Amina, who describes herself as Yemeni-Scouse, uses the experience to hit back by creating a poem exploring how identity is nuanced, difficult to pin down, and can be more than one ‘thing’ at the same time. Amina’s work is both a critique of her abuser and a celebration, holding a mirror up to our culture, language, beliefs and rituals.
Writing on the Wall is proud to present a programme of excellence with major contributions from our partners from the Creative Organisations of Liverpool: First take, Tmesis Theatre, Pagoda Arts and Liverpool Irish Festival. The programme includes initiatives and events from partners rooted in Liverpool’s diverse communities: Blackburne House, the Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, The Women’s Organisation and the new, very exciting kids on the block - BlackFest and the Black Girl Lit club. In this centenary year of the 1919 race riots we present unique animated walking tours with a new augmented reality trail, special guests including Guardian Journalists Gary Younge, author and broadcaster Kehinde Andrews, Data Verbaliser Martin Glynn, members of the Gal Dem Collective and Liverpool 8’s own Madeline Heneghan, Michelle Charters, Leroy Cooper and Claire Dove, and a special commission from Yemeni-Scouse poet, Amina Atiq. Join us for discussions, screenings, author talks, poetry and parties for this truly Liverpool Black History Month celebration. WoW would like to thank Liverpool Mayor’s Fund and Arts Council England for their financial support and all of our partners for their valued contributions.