Amina Atiq

Amina Atiq

Profession: Writer, activist and performer.

Tell us about you. Yemeni-Scouse published poet, award-winning community activist and performance artist. A BBC Words First 2019 Finalist and Young Associate for Curious Minds. Poet in Residence for Queensland Poetry Festival 2020-21. Currently writing my solo show, Broken Biscuits, to explore my granmother’s 1970s Yemeni-British household. In 2020, I produced a short documentary, Unheard Voices, capturing the stories of Yemeni shopkeepers in Liverpool. Later broadcasted on Belgees TV and translated in Arabic.

What inspires you? A world with strong and bold female leaders.

What do you love about where you live? I can be Scouse and Yemeni and create art in my city of Liverpool with pride.

What’s your favourite local hangout? Lodge Lane. It feels like home.

What would your superpower be? To travel back in time and meet Queen Sheba.

Tell us a secret. I ran away from the city to the village in Yemen. The village announced my disappearance. All I wanted was a KFC.

Twitter: @AminaAtiqPoetry

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