Modern Muslim Poetry: With Nabila Jameel, Novid Shaid, and Paul Sutherland

Modern Muslim Poetry: With Nabila Jameel, Novid Shaid, and Paul Sutherland
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Organizing Institution: Muslim Litfest Birmingham
Contact email: [email protected]
Start Date: November 4, 2023 (11:30am)
End Date: November 4, 2023 (12:30pm)
Cost: Free
Birmingham City University – Birmingham – United Kingdom

Step into the world of modern Muslim poetry with Nabila Jameel, Novid Shaid, and Paul Abdul Wadud Sutherland. Featuring poetry readings from a selection of their works, join us for an engaging discussion on faith, identity, creativity and poetic expression.


Paul Abdul Wadud Sutherland, a Canadian-born poet, established Dream Catcher, an internationally renowned literary journal, and boasts a rich literary career. His poetry spans eight collections, with notable works like “Seven Earth Odes” and “Spires and Minarets.” In 2017, Valley Press published a comprehensive “New and Selected Poems” encompassing his 45 years of writing. Sutherland earned an MA in English Literature from the University of York and adopted Sufi Islam in 2004, all while pursuing a successful career as a freelance writer. He currently resides in Lincolnshire with his wife.

Nabila Jameel is an English teacher, originally from Lancashire, currently residing in Birmingham. She has an MA in Creative Writing from MMU, her poetry is widely published in several notable and reputable anthologies such as Poetry Review and the Scottish Poetry Library to name a few. Nabila has published articles in Poetry News and NAWG (National Association for Writers’ Groups). Her first poetry collection From this Street to the Moon was published in 2021 by Lote Tree Press which took fifteen years to write. Her book can be bought online from most high street bookshops including Waterstones and is also available as an eBook. Nabila is currently half-way through writing her second poetry collection, the subject of which is issues affecting women. Her website can be found at and she can be followed on Instagram:@njpoetessa

Novid Shaid is an accomplished English teacher hailing from the United Kingdom, with a rich teaching experience spanning over seventeen years in various secondary schools. Beyond the classroom, Novid has ventured into the realm of creative writing, marking his literary journey with his debut publication, the captivating mystical thriller novel titled “The Hidden Ones,” now available on Amazon. With a passion for storytelling and poetic expression, he also shares his creativity through short stories and poems on his website, Novid Shaid’s dedication to both education and the world of literature reflects his commitment to nurturing minds and weaving tales that intrigue and captivate readers.

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