Khadim Hussain (27 July 1957 / Lunger Pur Baly, Jhellum, Pakistan)
Biography of Khadim Hussain
My name is Khadim Hussain, and have lived in Middlesbrough in the North East of England since 1975.
Worked as an Experimental Assistant in the Research and Development Department of I.C.I, Wilton and has recently written a book ‘Going for a Curry? A Social and Culinary History’ which documents the settlement, development and impact of the ‘Indian’ population in Middlesbrough?
My education was during the early 1970's, and science based, when it was assumed scientist could not write a sentence and those who studied arts subjects could not add 2+2, I like must believed it. I took Creative Writing Courses at the University of Teesside and I think it was the efforts of the tutors Bob Beagrie and Andy Willoughby helped me to develop the book from a dry history topic to a broader appeal. Since attending the writing course I've started writing plays and poetry, fast gaining reputation as one of the best Asian poets writing in North East English. I sucessfully compeleted MA in Creative Writing at the University of Teeside in 2008..
Khadim Hussain's Works:
Walayat Deko, published Nov 2008 by Mudfog Press, Marton, Middlesbroug.
‘Going For A Curry? : A Social & Culinary History’ by Khadim Hussain, published July 2006 by Teesside based press Ek Zuban. Please find enclosed a complementary review copy.
“I unreservedly commend it to everyone; historians, other local community writers and chroniclers, the entire Asian community on Teesside, and – not least – to the customers at the booming number of restaurants and takeaways that now seemingly stand at every street corner in the busy centres of Middlesbrough, Stockton and the other towns of the Tees valley. This book should be read by every section of our local society, and from whatever country or continent they are from. This book is a unique extension of the local history of Teesside and Teesside’s people’”
Dr Ashok Kumar M.P.
The book contains archive photographs of the early settlers from the Indian sub-continent, and the mysterious Lascars, drawn from Mr Hussain’s painstaking research into the little documented history of the Asian population of Teesside.
Ek Zuban have been able to publish the book with the financial assistance of an Enterprise Development Funded grant from The University of Teesside. Ek Zuban is an independent press run by local writers Bob Beagrie & Andy Willoughby, dedicated to raising the profile of talented new writers from the Tees Valley.
Bob Beagrie says, “We are delighted to have found the means of releasing Khadim’s work into the public domain. This is an important book which we have seen develop over the last two years, and contains a wealth of fascinating information about our area as well as debunking a host of cultural myths.”
Mr Hussain has read extracts from the book on BBC Radio Cleveland, at Borders Bookstore in Stockton and at Middlesbrough Mela. Why not invite him to your show, event or bookshop for a spicy reading and hot discussion.
Copies are available to buy at various outlets in Middlesbrough, including some Indian restaurants, bookshops and through www.northernpublishers.co.uk.
For more information on ‘Going For a Curry? ’ contact Bob Beagrie on 0773885202 Bbeagrie_ca2@hotmail.com or for interview or personal appearances Khadim Hussain on 01642 801269 or email Khadam27@ntlworld.com
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Deep in the African jungle
Lives a strange creature.
Has the teeth of a lion
The claws of a bear.
If by chance you stumble upon him
Don’t be alarmed.
He lives entirely on crisps and sherbet
Not only will he share his last crisp and
Also polish your boots too.