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Thawra is an online literary magazine that provides a platform for minority creatives. From budding short story authors to critical academic writers, we want to amplify the talented voices throughout the BAME community. Thawra is here to elevate people who for so long have been unable to assert their presence, their thoughts, their art, and the way they see the world.

We're here for a revolution, and what's a revolution without its poets and artists?

OPINION

Distorted Body Image and 
My Period Explained

AUGUST

An informative essay by medical student, Parmis Vafapour, helps explain the link between menstruation, society and distorted body image. This piece delves into the science behind the way millions of women feel every day.

POETRY PICK OF THE MONTH

SEPTEMBER

Halima is a London-based poet who wrote Barren Wombs as an expression of the frustration experienced by women of colour in their own households. The search for value often leads these women down a dark road and Halima alludes to this through various vivid liquid forms. Touching on issues like sheet ceremonies and domestic abuse, Barren Wombs is numbingly emotive. 

FASHION

AUGUST

Haida Hamidi, stylist and fashion designer, brings a new reign of diversity and opportunity to the fashion scene in Birmingham and beyond. Irregullarr’s first collection ‘The Signature 2021’ is centred around versatility, characterised by street style, smart-wear and modesty. Catch up on the brand's breakthrough into the industry.

SHORT STORY: Pares' City by Abi Ramanan

AUGUST

Pares, a twenty-something creative living in East London, is brutally beaten by three men in a frenzied racist attack after walking home from a pub hangout. To cope with this assault on his life and identity, Pares retreats within himself and loses his job, turns to alcohol and begins self-harming.

Read Abi Ramanan's incredibly gripping short story that opens a vulnerable eye into what it can mean to be a minority in post Brexit Britain. 

REVIEW: Convenience Store Woman

AUGUST

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Check out Bochra Boudarka's review on Sayaka Murata's Convenience Store Woman. This interesting commentary on societal expectations and conformity provides an insight into contemporary life in Japan as Keiko Furukura navigates her predictable days. Hinting at neurodivergency and human connections, Murata's quirky tale is thought-provoking, and an enjoyable read, one that lingers for a short while.

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THAWRA'S POETRY PICK OF THE MONTH

AUGUST

Poetry Pick of The Month goes to Abida Uddin's BIBLE FOR BROTHERS. This month's poetry wonder explores how boys use violence to compensate for their grief.

Stick around over the next several weeks to see more of Abida's breathtaking work!

POETRY 

AUGUST

ART

JUNE

Check out Dyala Moshtaha:

a Palestinian and Syrian artist and designer whose work is nothing short of inspirational and

thought-provoking with incredible collages that evoke  political,

cultural, emotional responses.

ART

JUNE

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Becoming Unsilenced: A Story of Hostage Survival and Seeking Justice

JUNE

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This distressing piece by human rights activist and ex-hostage, Ana Diamond, walks us through the experiences of being held hostage in Iranian prison by the IRGC and what it is like to live in exile.

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Every penny will help us run Thawra and provide you with quality content, as well as allowing us to plan for future endeavours such as creative workshops, events and commissions.

THAWRA'S POETRY PICK OF THE MONTH

JUNE

Poetry Pick of The Month goes to Nepali-British poet: Kamana Rai. For You is a short poem that tends to the conflicted experiences of love with a bittersweet message that touches on self-love.

Of Indian Women, Class and Sexuality: Examining The Short Stories of Shashi Deshpande

JUNE

Through the lens of Shashi Deshpande's short stories, follow Dolly Sharma as she explores the challenges facing Indian women  when it comes to marriage and sexuality.

SPOTLIGHT

MAY

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Introducing our new spotlight feature where we'll be bringing you amazing new literary content by poets and writers of colour. This week's spotlight is on Sadiyah Bashir's Seven.

Read about the realities of being a black Muslim woman in America as Bashir takes us on a journey of turning trauma into triumph.

The Hate We Receive; Muslim Women vs. The Haram Police

MAY

Join Mona Sharif as she explores the dark online depths of community where misogyny, religious double-standards and hate speech have been allowed to thrive.

THAWRA'S POETRY PICK OF THE MONTH

MAY

Check out Amina Beg! The Manchester-based writer, and spoken-word poet wrote International Supermarket as part of her project: ‘You Make Us Hate Our Neighbours’. This poem unpacks the role of the British government in handling the pandemic and how they attempt to pinpoint blame on minorities.

Have a read!

ART

MAY

Check out Sara Alfageeh:

a Jordanian-American illustrator and creative director whose

passion for history,

teaching, girls with

swords is bridging

 the gap between

where art and

identity intersect.

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Every penny will help us run Thawra and provide you with quality content, as well as allowing us to plan for future endeavours such as creative workshops, events and one day a podcast.

Part 3 of a 4 Part Series: Literature is Still Catering for The Orientalist Gaze

White Saviour Complex and The Muslim Woman

White men saving brown women from brown men. Thank you, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. This is the narrative that has haunted Muslim women for decades within widely acclaimed literature. Where is her agency? Can the ignorance of tropes fix the ignorance of culture? Where do white women stand in the equation? Join Asia Khatun as she explores the harmful positions Muslim women have been put in due to colonialism, Orientalism and white saviour complex.

REVIEW: The Girl with the Louding Voice

APRIL

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This coming-of-age story set in Nigeria features Adunni, our fourteen-year old protagonist and the first-person narrator of this story. We follow her as she seeks an education and independence, something her late mother instilled in her. However, after her mother’s death, she is coerced into marrying a much older man. 

Daré does well to show a strong, young girl who is determined to build a better life for herself and genuine relationships, despite living in a culture designed to keep her from succeeding.

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ART

APRIL

Check out Hanifa Abdul Hameed's inspiring digital art pieces!

Merging her South Asian heritage with her American identity, her

work portrays her love for

colour, strong women,

fashion, and culture.

Part 2 of a 3 Part Series

Three Countries and Me; Let's Talk Identity

Part Two of Anisa Akhter's piece explores the dynamics of being a brown-skinned, visible Muslim who is only seen as a mamu (immigrant) in Finnish society.

ART

APRIL

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THAWRA'S POETRY PICK OF THE MONTH

APRIL

Well done, Masuma Sultana! The East London based poet wrote Commoner to explore issues around race, immigration,  discrimination and identity in the speaker's personal, educational and professional life.

Have a read!

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ART

MARCH

Check out Raha Esmaeili's Persian collections! Connecting the diaspora back to their history one painting at a time.

Part 1 of a 3 Part Series

Three Countries and Me; Let's Talk Identity

Finland, Bangladesh and the UK? Join Anisa Akhter as she describes what it was like growing up juggling different cultures.

Part 2 of a 4 Part Series

Literature is Still Catering for The Orientalist Gaze: Muslim Masculinity and Violence

Masculinity: traditionally an attribute that shapes the way we see our male leads, harbouring many cultural norms and tells – one being the connection between masculinity and violence. Unfortunately, where this is exacerbated is on the matter of Muslim masculinity and its connection with violence, which has become a common trope within literature, and exponentially in any form of media since 9/11.

SHORT STORY

MARCH