A Conversation with Saudi poet Nimah Nawwab

After school on Friday evening, my mum took me to a poetry event where Nimah Nawwab, a famous poet from Saudi Arabia was performing.  Saleha Begum, a local poet from Birmingham also read her poems from her new book called Ruptures and Fragments.

Before everyone arrived, I met Nimah and interviewed her about her new book, Canvas of the Soul. Her first book, Unfurling was a best seller.  She told me that her the poems in Canvas of the Soul are short and highly spiritual and very different to those in her first book, which were political and social.

Nimah explained that Saudi Arabia has has a rich history of poetry.  In ancient times, poetry was popular and people from different parts of the world would visit and have poetry competitions.  The winning poems would be written in gold and hung on the Kabbah.  She says poetry in Saudi Arabia is still popular and used at weddings and traditional ceremonies.

Nimah also gave me a long list of her favourite poets from all over the world from past and present. Some of these included, Jalaludin Rumi, Rabia Basri, as well as Japanese and African American poets.

It was really interesting and fun to interview Nimah Nawwab!

Why Mother’s are Special?

Mothers are special.

Mothers give life to us and even throughout our lives, they are always there for us.  They are there from when we are a new born baby, to a toddler, to that in between stage of 5-12 years, to a teenager, and to an adult.  In each stage of our lives, we give our mothers different things to worry about.

They think of us before they think of themselves:

  • They will thirst for us
  • They will starve for us
  • They will die for us

Mothers are special.

The face veil – what children think

 

I see women with veils at a few places, but mostly on streets walking along the pavements and when I look out of the car window.  When I see women with veils I think they look scary because I only see their eyes staring and it scares me.  Even if I’m scared people should wear what they want.  People should be fine if women wear veils.  People should not force them to take it off and stop wearing it.

I wonder how the women in veils breathe, drink and eat.  I wonder if they get hot when it is really sunny.  I do think it is rude when people don’t show their face when they are talking because you can’t see their emotions.  You can’t see if they are angry, sad, embarrassed, jealous, scared, happy, excited and surprised.  But I would talk to a woman in a veil.