Award winning spoken word artist; published writing both online and in print. Graduated in (BA Hons) English from The Manchester Metropolitan University.
What's Thalaya Doing?
(2019) - The Home Symposium — Manchester Metropolitan University, with Carol Ann Duffy - Mother Tongue Other Tongue --Carol Ann Duffy, Manchester Metropolitan University - Young People and Social Change: Action, Reaction and Inaction — H2020 PROMISE, the EU Funded Project with University of Manchester
(2014-2018) - Let's Talk About Prevent, Islamophobia Awareness Month — H2020 PROMISE, the EU Funded Project with University of Manchester - The Rohingya Crisis: How To Help? — Doctor’s Worldwide - Creative and Poetry Workshop Director to Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils - Absent Ginsberg: An Anthology Of Contemporary Poetry — Firkins. J. O, Vigar. W. - Co-Headlined Kinara Festival and Live Arts and Culture Q&A: Borders, with Lemn Sissay - Spoken Word Documentary: Meet The Women Who Speak Without Interruptions — Phillip. G. - Represented Manchester Metropolitan University in the 2016 HS2 Cheshire Debate panel - Vice Chair to collective Poetry in Motion, Cheshire - Published 3 articles with Progressio UK and Zimbabwe: 1) Meeting Mutare, 2)When I Say ISALS, You Say, Internal Savings and Lending Schemes, 3)Five Things, Five Months On - Blogger and Media Manager to Progressio UK and Zimbabwe (2015-16) - Represented Manchester Metropolitan University, Poetry in Motion in UK Uni Slam (2014 and 2016) - Home Cooking Podcast: Discovering Albert — Apples and Snakes, with Ciarán Hodgers - Headlined Platform! — Poetry in Motion, with Calum Dwyer and Ciarán Hodgers - An English Trip — The Quietus and B-Arts - Events and Activities Manager to collective Poetry in Motion, Cheshire - Hidden Places Festival — Congleton Electric Picture House - Words At Play Festival 2014 — Axis Arts Centre
Honours and Awards
3rd — Axis Arts Poetry Slam, 2017
Personality of the Year Award — Cheshire Awards, 2016
Colours Award — Manchester Metropolitan University, 2016
Semi Finalist — UK Uni Slam, 2014
2nd — Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire: Creative Writing Slam, 2015
1st — Apples and Snakes: Axis Arts Poetry Slam, 2014