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Khadijah Ibrahiim

Khadijah Ibrahiim is a published writer, literary activist, and theatre-maker born to Jamaican parents in Leeds. She graduated from the University of Leeds and is known for her interdisciplinary approach to poetry and theatre. The BBC has hailed her as one of Yorkshire's most prolific poets. Her work has been featured in poetry anthologies, university journals, BBC radio, and numerous exhibitions. In 2014, Peepal Tree Press published her book 'Another Crossing'. Khadijah has performed and produced art programs in various countries, including the USA, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia. She was the first writer-in-residence for El Gouna Writes in Egypt in 2010, and the only Yorkshire poet to tour with the British Council Verbalized sustained theatre program in South Africa. Additionally, she was shortlisted for the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship in 2017 and 2019 and for the Sue Rider Yorkshire Woman of the Year award in 2018 for her contributions to the arts.

She is the recipient of the Leeds Black Awards ‘Community Hero’, Leeds Black Achievers ‘Wings Award’, and The Legacy Awards ‘International Impact’ and features in Jamaicans In Britain: A Legacy of Leadership. She is the Artistic Director of Leeds Young Authors and executive producer of the award-winning documentary 'We Are Poets'. She was a creative associate for the ‘Ode to Leeds’ production at the Leeds Playhouse in 2017. Assistant Director for Nine Nights Leeds Playhouse 2022. Khadijah is an associate artist with the Geraldine Connor Foundation, Associate Director with The Performance Ensemble, co-coordinator for Inscribe Readers writer's development program for Peepal Tree Press and a 2023 Forward Prize judge for best single poem and performance.