Nadine Aisha Jassat

Nadine Aisha Jassat is the author of Still, a feminist poetry pamphlet. She has performed solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Just Festival, and the Audacious Women Festival, as well as speaking at Edinburgh International Book Festival, Aye Write, and Glasgow Women’s Library’s Festival of Women Writers. She was the debut writer in residence for YWCA Scotland - The Young Women's Movement, and features in 404 Ink’s acclaimed anthology Nasty Women. Her work has been published both online and in print, including in the Dangerous Women Project and New Writing Scotland. Her piece ‘Hopscotch’ was made into a filmpoem by award-winning filmmaker Roxana Vilk, and was part of the official selection for the Women of the Lens Film Festival 2017. Nadine was recently named as one of thirty inspiring young women under thirty in Scotland.

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Poem

Auntie

My Aunt’s hands are soft and brown
and they smell like cumin and coriander.
She is a gardener in the kitchen.

Auntie, I remember your skin
the way some people remember the bus route.
I know I need to trace it to go home.

The world of work, bus bells and sirens
are harsh alarm clocks.
I would rather wake gently,
in 5 am light,
to your softly whispered duas
welcoming the morning.

Nadine Aisha Jassat

From Still (Appletree Writers Press, 2016)