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Nadine Aisha Jassat is a poet, writer and creative practitioner. She is the author of poetry collection Let Me Tell You This (404 Ink), has been widely published in anthologies and literary magazines, and was named in Jackie Kay's International Literature Showcase Selection of 10 Compelling 'BAME' writers working in the UK. She received a prestigious New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust, and was shortlisted for the UK's largest poetry prize, the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. She has performed her work both nationally and internationally,  and has a professional background in social justice education and within gender-based violence services.

Nadine's work explores themes of heritage, voice, family, storytelling and resilience. She has worked extensively to address issues of social justice, from curating art exhibitions and creating theatre to explore sexual violence, to working with gender-based violence groups nationally to deliver creative projects, and working to invest in young women of colour's creative and political expression.

She delivers a variety of creative writing workshops to adults and young people, and has significant experience delivering events which connect storytelling and social justice. As well as performing her own work across the UK and Internationally at events including Cheltenham and Bradford Literature festivals, she is a seasoned event chair, both in person and digitally, having hosted events with authors including  Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give) and Helen Skelton (BBC's Countryfile), and was part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival's Outriders Africa project, and series two of The Big Scottish Book Club (BBC iPlayer). 

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