An incisive, insightful conjuring of the worlds of women rarely heard in the cannon. [Still] is a brave, bold, debut.
Adele Patrick, Glasgow Women's Library
Still is the debut poetry pamphlet from Nadine Aisha Jassat (Nadine Aisha), exploring women's stories and women's survival - be it of Islamophobia, racism, or gender-based violence. It has drawn praise from feminist institutions such as the Glasgow Women's Library, as well as academics at Edinburgh, St Andrews and Bath Spa universities. Still takes readers on a journey through women's worlds, at times sharing the strength of women's voices and women's connections, at times the injustices committed against them, the silences which need to be broken.
Published by Appletree Writers Press, and launched at the Scottish Poetry Library, you can purchase Still in person or requested a copy via post from Lighthouse Books, Edinburgh's radical bookshop or visit the Events page for details of upcoming performances and workshops
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Praise for 'Still'
'Have you read Nadine Aisha? If not, you're seriously missing out. She kicks serious arse.'
- Kirsty Logan, author of The Gracekeepers
‘Still marks the entry into the circle of Scottish poetry the fresh voice of Nadine Aisha. And how welcome it is, bringing as it does an incisive, insightful conjuring of the worlds of women rarely heard in the canon; of mothers, aunts, sisters and survivors, women ‘half in and half out of parentheses’. This is a brave, bold debut full of elegiac lyricism and tenderness; like the braiding of one woman’s hair by another or the poignancy felt leafing through a family album and discovering like an epiphany the injustices of the past, so frequently lying dormant, hidden in plain sight. Still is a collection I am excited about bringing to the attention of a wide array of readers at Glasgow Women’s Library and will be citing in my promotion of the richness of contemporary women’s writing in Scotland.’
- Adele Patrick, Creative Development Manager, Glasgow Women’s Library
‘Still is a fine debut and welcome new lyric for Scottish poetry. It is firmly situated in the contemporary experience of women, embracing a plurality of voices: female family members, abused women and the voices of racist, sexist men. Nadine Aisha’s strong central ‘I’ voice is the backbone connecting the varied, found utterances into a vivid, cohesive picture of life under patriarchy. Aisha’s poetry, mostly free verse about the struggle to be free, shows a deft touch for line endings and internal and half rhyme, which emerge from the measured tone of the verse as little surprises. At one point the poet writes: ‘her rhymes are not enough,’ yet, the poetry gives voice to otherwise hidden stories and experiences of women at the hands of men. These poems are fragments of lives and voices that find strength together, subtle, rather than hammer blunt, they quietly break some silences.’
– nick-e melville
'[Aisha’s poetry] is an intriguing balance of skillful wordplay and dark storytelling… Still it seems is a process of getting to know the events that shape us, getting to know the women in our life, and in turn getting to know ourselves.'
- Big Words Blog, read full review.
‘Aisha’s poetry is a stunning example of the power and multiplicity of [young women’s] voices. .. Women’s experiences are unequivocally at the core of Aisha’s poems. Opening with a meditation on the love and correspondences between generations of women, the pamphlet moves on to address the quiet violence of ingrained racism and sexism as well as the brutality of its more vicious symptoms … Still is a powerful celebration of resilience, compassion, and love.'
– Ally Crockford, YWCA Scotland, read full review.