Zainab Zahra Syed - Performer, poet and educator
Date / Time: Thursday 15 March 2018, 6pm - 7.15pm
Venue: Allan Scott Auditorium - The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, 50 - 55 North Terrace, Adelaide
A new addition to the 2018 festival, Sanaa Ink in conjunction with the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre - University of South Australia, will present a free public lecture.
Zainab Zahra Syed is performance poet, educator and producer. Since graduating from Brown University in 2014, Zainab has been performing & facilitating workshops for schoolchildren, incarcerated women, trauma victims as well as migrants and refugees across the world. In 2015, she was a finalist in the National Australian Poetry Slam. In 2016, she co- founded WORD Ink, launching Pakistan's first poetry slam as well as other grassroots programs to create safe spaces for creative expression. In January 2017, Zainab decided to lay roots in Perth for the foreseeable future, and joined Performing Lines WA as an Associate Producer. She is also co-founder of illUMEnate: U+Me For Humanity events for for CaLD communities in WA and a Humanitarian Observer for the Immigration Detention Monitoring Program at the Australian Red Cross.
Zainab's writing is a tribute to heritage and to home, to identity and resistance in the face of displacement (displacement of self, of community, of country). It disrupts as much as it heals. It explores what it means to exist between cultures. To be rooted in memory, and in self. What it means to preserve. She often find's herself as a translator between people, between cultures, between her own memories of strength and vulnerability. She explores the points of intersection: between sorrow and celebration, personal and political, love and loss – in an attempt to inhabit the spaces between them to find the pulse that makes us human. And especially now, to be unafraid to confront but also seek to connect - to find ways to love in the midst of hate.