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Spoken Word Poet Afra Atiq on Finding Your Voice

Afra Atiq was named Best Performer for 2015-16 by Rooftop Rhythms, and won the 2017 ADMAF Creativity Awards. She proudly gives back to her community through mentorships and workshops with Untitled Chapters (a thriving hub for Emirati women writers). As a scholar, Afra has recently been published in the International Journal of Research in Humanities and Social Sciences and conducted social research pertaining to literature and education.

During our conversation we discussed the challenges of public speaking and practical tips to overcome them (spoiler alert: “winging it” doesn’t work). We looked at the creative process and how living in a cultural melting pot like Dubai can feed it. Afra shared why everyone’s unique story counts, and must be told in your authentic voice.

We finish this episode with a live studio performance of one of Afra’s favourite poems.

If you would like to follow Afra Atiq on social media, you can do so on Twitter @a_afra and Instagram @afraatiq.