Shagufta K Iqbal
Cape Farewell Board Member
Founder of The YoniVerse Poetry Collective and Kiota Bristol, Shagufta K Iqbal, longlisted for the Jerwood Compton poetry fellowship, is an award-winning writer, workshop facilitator and Tedx Speaker. One of Asiana Magazine's favourite British Asian poets, she has been described by gal-dem as a poet whose work ‘leaves you validated but aching – her narratives are important, heart-wrenching and relatable.’ Her poetry collection ‘Jam Is For Girls, Girls Get Jam’ (one of Burning Eye Books bestselling collections) has been recommended by Nikesh Shukla as ‘a social political masterclass.’
Her poetry film 'Borders' has won several awards, and has been screened across international film festivals, including London Short Film Festival, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Athena Film Festival.
She is passionate about using art and storytelling in all it's forms to tell the most pressing stories that we face as humans. Her work is concerned with looking at under-represented narratives, and how we can make global conversations include the experiences of overlooked communities. The discourse on Climate Change is one that we must get right to ensure we make real steps towards a better, fairer and sustainable future.
Shagufta is currently writing her second poetry collection, on the themes of food politics, and a debut novel about human relationships and migration.