Nadine Aisha Jassat (Nadine Aisha) is a poet, writer, creative practitioner known for combining the creative arts with social justice.
In 2017 she was named as one of '30 Inspiring Women Under 30' by YWCA Scotland, and in 2018 she was awarded a prestigious New Writers Award from the Scottish Book Trust, and shortlisted for the UK's largest poetry prize, the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award.
'A joy both live and on the page.'
- Hollie McNish, Nobody Told Me
In 2019, she was included in Jackie Kay's International Literature Showcase Selection of 10 Compelling BAME Poets working in the UK, and released her debut poetry collection Let Me Tell You This (404 Ink) to great praise.
'Jassat is unflinching as she delivers lyrical gut punches that stay with you for days.'
- Nikesh Shukla, The One Who Wrote Destiny
As a writer, Nadine's work explores themes of heritage, voice, family, and storytelling and resilience. She has been published widely online and in print; including by New Writing Scotland, The British Council's 'Discover' Project (for which she won the UK Open Call), 404 ink's acclaimed Nasty Women, and Picador's It's Not About The Burqa. Read more about Nadine's recent news and publications.
Hailed as a 'thrilling performer and distinctive new voice in UK poetry' (Wigtown Book Festival), Nadine has appeared at numerous literary events across the UK including Neu! Reekie!, StAnza: Scotland's International Poetry Festival, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Bradford Literature Festival, Of Mouth Belfast, and Edinburgh International Book Festival. Read more about Nadine's upcoming and past events.
As a creative practitioner, she has worked extensively to address issues to do with gender and race inequality; including curating an art exhibition titled 'My Journey with Women's Aid' (Scottish Women’s Aid, 2013), creating theatre with young people exploring sexual violence (Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, 2014), working with gender-based violence groups nationally and locally to deliver creative writing projects, and working to invest in young women of colour's creative and political expression (My Big Beating Voice, 2018, Edinburgh Art Festival and Glasgow Women's Library 2016).
Nadine works extensively delivering creative writing workshops to adults and young people and is well known for her creative practice in this area. As well as running regular public and community creative writing workshops, she has significant experience delivering creative writing sessions which connect storytelling and social justice, and is included in the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature database for work in schools and further afield. To book a reading, workshop or commission a piece, please get in touch.
I learned to trust my own voice.
Workshop Participant, Speaking Out workshop series commissioned for Scottish Women's Aid