South Asian Heritage Month
18 July - 17 August 2022
Last year in celebration of South Asian Heritage Month, the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Centre & Education Trust invited author of Hashim And Family, Shahnaz Ahsan to talk about her writing journey with the young women of Ananna – a Bangladeshi Women’s Organisation based in Manchester. We also invited inspirational brown women creatives for a round table discussion titled, The Roles We Play – A Discussion with South Asian Women In The Arts. Guest speakers included Sabba Khan, Arry Nessa, Nasima Begum and Fehmida Master who shared their valuable insights around identity, heritage and the navigation of white spaces.
This year, we have invited Sabba Khan – winner of the Jhalak Prize 2022 for her graphic novel The Roles We Play and author of Hashim And Family, Shahnaz Ahsan back, to share tips for brown girls who want to write.
We are also excited to have poet, author and educator Suhaiymah Manzoor Khan join us for a creative workshop and a special reading from her new book Tangled In Terror – Uprooting Islamophobia followed by a Q&A with Dr Nisha Kapoor, Associate Professor in Sociology at Warwick University and author of Deport, Deprive, Extradite: 21st Century State Extremism.
Join us for a special tour of our library specialising in the study of race, migration and diversity where visitors can watch an exclusive preview of our short films, Role Model Reflection: Brown Girls Guide To Writing during South Asian Heritage Month.
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
27 July 2022
Suhaiymah Manzoor Khan, Performance Space, Manchester Central Library
Book Launch & Q&A – 6 – 7.30pm
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a writer, poet, educator and activist, disrupting ideas of history, race, knowledge and violence. Co-author of A Fly Girl’s Guide to University (Verve Poetry Press, 2019) and author of Postcolonial Banter (Verve Poetry Press, 2019) she will be leading a workshop for young people aged 16+ centred around her new book Tangled In Terror, Uprooting Islamophobia (Pluto Press, 2022). The workshop will explore concepts of identity and belonging and will be followed by a reading and book launch in the evening with Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, chaired by Dr Nisha Kapoor, Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Warwick and author of Deport, Deprive, Extradite – 21st Century State Extremism. A Q&A session with Suhaiymah will follow and a chance to purchase a copy of her book.
For booking details register through Eventbrite at the links below:
Book Launch: https://SuhaiymahBooklaunch.eventbrite.co.uk
Role Model Reflections: Brown Girls Guide To Writing, Performance Space, Manchester Central Library
Film screening – 4.15 – 5.45pm
Authors Shahnaz Ahsan and Sabba Khan join us for a second time during South Asian Heritage Month, sharing their top tips on writing for aspiring young writers plus their book recommendations exploring the 1947 Partition of India. No booking required, just turn up to watch these inspiring authors share their literary gems.
Refreshments will be provided including vegetarian food from Sunshine Kitchen
Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relation Library Tour, Manchester Central Library
Library Tour – 5 – 5.30pm beginning in the Performance Space
Join us for a guided tour for a chance to visit the AIU archive and digital exhibition on the first floor and the Race Centre specialist library on the lower ground floor where you can explore books and special archive collections from the South Asian diaspora. This tour will take approximately 30 minutes followed by the evening book launch with poet and writer, Suhaiymah Manzoor Khan. No booking is required for the tour, but please book if you’re staying for the evening event.
The South Asian Heritage Month website has a number of useful downloadable resources: https://www.southasianheritage.org.uk/all-resources
The Partition Education Group have some informative tweets and links – check out their Twitter account @PartitionGroup
Don’t forget to check out our reading list: https://www.racearchive.org.uk/south-asian-heritage-month-2022-journeys-of-empire/
Videos from Role Model Reflections: Brown Girls Guide To Writing – the videos of Shahnaz Ahsan and Sabba Khan are now available on YouTube (see below).
Resources for SAHM will be added to this page throughout the month.