Skip to main content

2021 Round-Up of the Year and Stats


It’s been a long time since I posted on here, but I have had a lot of projects on the go, and so it feels like the year has come to an end very quickly.

Thankfully it’s been a bit more hopeful than the apocalyptic mess that was 2020, although there has been plenty of madness to keep us all on the verge of tearing our hair out.



A walk in my local park, W. Yorks

The biggest thing that happened for me in 2021 was being accepted onto a paid PhD programme. It felt like the right time to make a change from my old job, as personal circumstances, and changes to the way we were working thanks to the pandemic, the discourse in my subject area and my research interests all seemed to align. Starting it has been the most exhilarating and scary thing I’ve done in a long time and I’m so glad I did it, and so grateful to my amazing family for supporting me to go for it.


Photo: Bing Online Pictures under Creative Commons

Prior to 2021 I became involved in a national teaching union, campaigning for the rights of supply teachers. In 2021 I have been involved in organising Black and Asian educators to campaign on issues relating to their experiences of being of minority ethnic heritage in the workplace. I’ve met some wonderful colleagues, been to an informative and inspiring (online) conference, and made some lovely friends. And I’ve found that when I’m spending a lot of time thinking about abstract ideas, this helps to keep me grounded.


Photo: National Portrait Gallery

I finally completed my translation of the memoirs of Jahanara Imam.

A chance encounter on Twitter led to me speaking at a South Asian Heritage Month event on 50 years of Bangladesh Independence, from the perspective of a British-born Bangladeshi.

This led to me collaborating with Dr Tasleem Shakur of Edge Hill University, on a research project writing up the experiences of Bangladeshis living in the North West of England during the 1971 conflict. It has been a fascinating and rewarding experience. Watch this space for more to come!


Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

For the first time in my life, I joined a writing group. It’s local to me, organised by the amazing team at Fox & Windmill and led by the brilliant Nabeela Ahmed. It’s a small group and my fellow writers are lovely as well as super talented. I’ve entered a competition to be published, and am working on another piece for submission. It’s been a surprising, fulfilling experience to give myself the time and space to focus, once a week, solely on my creative writing, and to learn from other British South Asian writers; I am ever grateful to Fox & Windmill for making it possible.



(just for fun)


NB: this does not include academic books and journals I’ve been reading.








NEPHEWS CUDDLED: 1 (not nearly enough time for this)

NEW CITIES VISITED: 1 (Hull – a great time was had by all and we need to come back and see the rest!)

CHRISTMAS DINNERS EATEN: 2 (because why not?)

FAMILY VIDEO CHATS: Uncounted, and always a highlight of the day.

Hope you've had a good year, and best wishes for 2022!

Image: Shutterstock


  1. That's such a brilliant year! Well done on starting the PhD and the translations. You'll be an incredible writer.

    1. Thanks so much! You've worked really hard this year too and it's so great to hear it's paying off. Hope you have a wonderful year ahead ❤️


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Chatting with Kate Morrison, Author: A Book of Secrets

Something special on the blog today, readers: I'm thrilled to be chatting to Kate Morrison, author of stunning debut A Book of Secrets, as part of its Random Things Tour. Join us as we talk about historical research, women's independence and racism in Elizabethan England. "A Book of Secrets is the story of a woman named Susan Charlewood living in Elizabethan England. Born in what is now Ghana, Susan is enslaved by the Portuguese but later rescued by British sailors, who bring her to England. Once in England, she is raised in an English Cathoic household. When Susan comes of age, the family marry her off to an older Catholic man, John Charlewood. Charlewood runs a printing press and uses it to supply the Papist nobility with illegal Catholic texts and foment rebellion amongst the Catholic underclass. When Charlewood, Susan takes over the business and uses her new position to find out more about her origins.  A look at racial relationships at the beginning of the eve of the

Cut from the Same Cloth? Muslim Women on Life in Britain

So many times while reading this book I found myself nodding and saying ‘YES!’ I hadn’t realised how very rarely I come across a book, writers, voices, that speak to the entirety of my existence as a British Muslim woman; finding that book, those voices, was like letting out a breath I’d been holding, or feeling the relief of relaxing aching facial muscles that had been stretched in a smile all day. There was no need to pretend, no need to explain, no need to justify. What made this anthology of essays so different from the usual ones, was that they are not teaching or preaching, nor do they try to cater to an external gaze. These are British Muslim women writing their experiences and thoughts for women like themselves; women like ME. The essays in this book have been collected by Sabeena Akhtar, and include pieces by figures such as Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Shaista Aziz, Yvonne Ridley and others. All of them are different in tone, style, and subject – some are academic or discursive, o

Five Strong Fictional Mothers

This time last year we were all in the first lockdown situation. Many of us were unable to go and visit our mothers but thankfully modern technology meant we could still keep in touch. This time around, hopefully more of us will be able to go and see our mothers - though there might still be a restriction on hugs. In the meantime, let’s talk about mothers in books. Here are my top fictional mums (in no particular order): 1.        Marmee, Little Women Marmee is the quintessentially perfect mother. She’s strongminded, principled, and teaches her girls the values she wants them to grow up with. As matriarchs go, she’s probably the most iconic one. Even if she comes across as a little preachy some of the time. OK, a lot of the time.   2.        Marilla, Anne of Green Gables Even though Marilla isn’t Anne’s biological mother, she provides all the love and stability that Anne has missed in her childhood before coming to Green Gables. She starts off being rather stiff and strict