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Brown Girls Write presents 

Our Stories

Venue: The Cumberland Arms

When: Saturday 22nd July

Performance Times: 1.00pm

Tickets: £10 Full Price / £5 Concession / £3 'No Questions' (maximum 10 available online only).  Booking fees apply.

Running Time: Approx. 60 mins 

Age Recommendation: 16+

Come celebrate South Asian Heritage Month with Brown Girls Write!


Brown Girls Write is a writing collective, that was created by Sharmin Islam to address the current lack of diversity in creative writing spaces. The group has been meeting for almost a year experimenting with new forms of writing including poetry, short stories and script. 

As Newcastle Fringe Festival coincides with South Asian Heritage Month, which is themed ‘Stories to Tell’, Brown Girls Write presents ‘Our Stories’ shares some of the stories they want to tell as South Asian women. The event will be a poetry performance which will include individual and group pieces read from their anthology Sanctuary - published in January 2023 by New Writing North. The anthology features themes of culture, love, and dual-identity from the perspective of young British Asian women.


They will also perform a short dramatic piece that explores untold aspects of family life. This piece invites audiences to travel with them to the past and the future of family relationships. Audiences can expect dynamic poetry and storytelling that can be enjoyed by all, regardless of whether it’s your first or fiftieth poetry event.

group photo of BGW on stage at anthology showcase - Ilisha Purcell.jpg

Photo credit: Rob Irish.

Pictured from left-right: Mymona Bibi, Iqra Choudhry, Hummy, Safa Maryam, Akiba Azad, Ilisha Thiru Purcell, Nadira Jhan.

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