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
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.
WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO IN 2021:
|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.
SOUTH ASIAN HERITAGE
|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!
CREATIVE WRITING GROUP
|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.
END OF YEAR STATS:
BOOKS STARTED: 28
NB: this does not include academic books and journals I’ve been reading.
BOOKS COMPLETED: 23
BOOKS STILL READING: 4
BOOKS DNF: 1
PHDs STARTED: 1
CONFERENCES ATTENDED: 3
PRESENTATIONS GIVEN: 2
CURRENT WRITING PROJECTS: 5
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!