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Salma's journey of personal discovery takes us from North Africa to Newcastle and across the Caribbean. Through all this, she shares her idea of celebrating our identity by reconciling parts of ourselves that might seem at odds with the other. Salma encourages us to actively engage in the different aspects of who we are, so we can reflect that in what we do and helping us lead authentic lives.
Salma El-Wardany is fighting for a new narrative surrounding Muslims. Born in Egypt and raised in the North of England, Salma El-Wardany returned to Cairo just in time for the Arab Spring. Between protesting and fighting in the revolution, she started a blog to document her adventures, angst, and the Muslim experience.
This talk explores what it is to be Muslim today, and how shapeshifting between different worlds often leaves us more bruised than anything else.
Salma El-Wardany, Digitally Human Founder, shares her experiences of feeling excluded in the corporate world and explains how important language can be for inclusion.
We’re all tired, but this poem explores just some of the things Salma El-Wardany is exceptionally tired about, namely, the patriarchy. This piece explores the narrative of female empowerment and how we wouldn’t need so much of it if there was a narrative for me, by men.
SITUATIONSHIP; noun When two people (not really in a relationship) having been talking for a long ass time but have no label. Normally the boys fault cause they trash and don’t know how to commit. (Definition from Urban Dictionary, which we all know, is always correct)
This piece is about being in a situationship and how if you are in one, you should GET OUT! Now.
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A collaboration with videographer Brandon Baker, this piece explores the interactions between couples and the ways in which the dynamic shifts, especially in the aftermath of a fight.
Commissioned by the BBC and performed live on BBC Asian Network, this piece was written to raise awareness around mental health. Salma El-Wardany performs a piece about her own struggles and her journey to therapy, as well as the importance of speaking about mental health.
When you breakup with someone, what are the rules? Are you allowed to stay friends? Do you delete them off your socials? Can you still talk occasionally? Sleep together?
This piece explores the nature of breakups and how we begin to detangle ourselves from the people we loved, once upon a time.
Having spent so long avoiding talking about race, Salma El-Wardany finally unpacks what it means to be mixed race, the confusion that comes with not belonging and the problems that arise with an eroticized identity.
Originally performed at Summer Poetry Xperience 2018.