South Asian Heritage Month

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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.



27 July 2022

Suhaiymah Manzoor Khan, Performance Space, Manchester Central Library

Creative Writing Workshop – 2 – 4pm

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:


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:

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:

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).


Also on YouTube – Shorts/School resources suggested by South Asian Heritage Month
Educating the next generation about the expulsion of Asians in 1972 | ITV News
The 50 Year Journey // The Expulsion of Asians from Uganda
Learning about Partition: An Introduction (South Asian Heritage Month in-house event 2021)…/6/26/18759915/india-pakistan-border (20 minute film about the Partition of Punjab in 1947 and impact on communities)
Why was India split into two countries? – Haimanti Roy | TED-Ed
Short video for educators.

Resources for SAHM will be added to this page throughout the month.