Join us for an author evening with Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan to discuss her latest book, Seeing for Ourselves And Even Stranger Possibilities (available to purchase from the IHRC Bookshop). This event will be chaired by Anika Wadood.
FREE EVENT – pre-booking required for in-person attendance only – please book here (limited availability)
Prayer and wudu facilities available
About the book:
Why do we yearn to be seen when we are already far too visible? How do we want to be perceived, and how are we exposed? Could we ever really see for ourselves?
In memoir, vignettes, poetry and essays, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan records her observations from the stands at the dizzying circus of being seen and unseen. She surveys the criminalising stadium of civic life, the open-air arenas of family, friendship and grief, the performative pageantry of the public eye and the unclad secrets of the self in solitude, paying attention to what’s on show and what goes undetected.
Perhaps the strangest, most exciting possibilities are opened when we surrender to another kind of sight. Submitting to the gaze of the Unseen and the All-Seeing, Manzoor-Khan invites us to close our eyes and discover what it would mean to look with our souls instead.
About the author:
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a poet and writer whose work disrupts assumptions about history, race, violence and knowledge. She is the author of Tangled in Terror and the poetry collection Postcolonial Banter; a co-author of A FLY Girl’s Guide to University; and a contributor to the anthologies Cut from the Same Cloth? and I Refuse to Condemn. She is based in Leeds and is currently writing for theatre.
About the chair:
Anika Wadood is a Politics and History student, writer and poet, studying at SOAS. She organises and hosts poetry evenings, and has performed at various events in London. Anika’s writing and poetry explores themes of social injustice, cultural and religious identity through her own experiences and amplifies silenced voices from marginalised communities. In her spare time, she posts book reviews and involves herself within the South Asian creative community, taking part in exhibitions, photoshoots, and major events. You can follow her poetry account @reshamreverie