LET ME TELL YOU THIS
A vital exploration of racism, gender-based violence and the sustaining, restorative bonds between women, told with searing precision and lyricism. Nadine takes you on a journey exploring heritage, connection, and speaking out. These poems demonstrate the power of heart and voice, and will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.
Shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award.
'A punchy, powerful debut that investigates what it means to be of dual heritage. The poems capture with real panache the secret lives of women, and they’re poignant, too.' - Makar Jackie Kay
'Powerful. Beautifully written, immense and full of passion.' - Nikita Gill, Great Goddesses
'Incisive, delicate, and precise. Jassat is unflinching as she delivers lyrical gut punches that stay with you for days.' - Nikesh Shukla, The One Who Wrote Destiny
'I adore the wise yet searching words of Nadine Aisha Jassat.' - Sabrina Mahfouz, How You Might Know Me
'A joy both live and on the page.' - Hollie McNish, Nobody Told Me
'Jassat's poems crackle with anger and joy, unafraid to take on complex subjects or to revel in the raw simplicity of emotion. It's rare that a debut poetry collection feels this assured.' - DIVA Magazine
'Nadine is a writer of extraordinary talent whose graceful, honest words somehow hit you with all the force of a sucker punch. I felt read by this collection... If you read one poetry collection this year, let it be this. ' - Sabeena Akhtar, Cut from the Same Cloth
'Jassat’s writing is a tour-de-force confrontation of intersectional prejudice and a vital voice in the Scottish poetry landscape.' - The List
It's Not About the Burqa (Picador)
'Passionate, angry, self-effacing, nuanced and utterly compelling.' - Nikesh Shukla, The Good Immigrant
Nasty Women (404 Ink)
'Essential' - Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
'Vital spirit.' - Ali Smith, How to be both
'Her poetry moves, challenges, inspires and strengthens with honesty and brave beauty.'
- Hannah Lavery, Blood Salt Spring
HOPSCOTCH. A film by Roxana Vilk.
Based on Nadine Aisha Jassat's spoken word poem 'Hopscotch', this film poem was made by award-winning filmmaker Roxana Vilk and executive produced by Amina - Muslim Women's Resource Centre, with support from Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre. Hopscotch was screened at the Women of the Lens Film Festival 2017, at the Edinburgh Filmhouse as part of the 16 Days of Action to end Gender-Based Violence 2017, and featured at the Stanza International Poetry Festival 2018. It was shortlisted for the Outspoken London Poetry Prize (Poetry in Film) 2018.
You can watch 'Hopscotch' here.