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Mona Arshi

Mona Arshi worked as a human rights lawyer at Liberty before she started writing poetry. Her debut collection Small Hands won the Forward Prize for best first collection in 2015. Mona’s second collection Dear Big Gods was published in 2019 by Liverpool University Press. Her debut novel will be published in 2021.

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  • Peter and Mona walking on Cley Marsh in Norfolk, UK. Explore the Work

    Shifting Sands

    'I'm writing for a different destination'

    The wildlife sanctuary at Cley is the inspiration and research space for Mona Arshi’s new collection of poems. Working with sound artist, musician and recordist Peter Cusack, Arshi has assembled a library of sounds and experiences from the famed nature reserve. Poetry and sound will come together to create an elemental, immersive experience of one of Norfolk’s prime nature areas.

    Mona Arshi

    Mona Arshi worked as a human rights lawyer at Liberty before she started writing poetry.…

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