Mona Arshi

(1970 / London)

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Mona Arshi is a British poet. She won the Forward Prize, Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection in 2015 for her work Small Hands.
She was educated at Lampton Comprehensive School In Hounslow. She studied at Guildford College of Law and University College London where she obtained a Masters In human rights law in 2002.She worked for several years as a litigator at Liberty, the Human Rights Organisation. She acted on many high-profile judicial review cases including Diane Pretty’s ‘right to die’ case, asylum destitution cases and death in custody cases.
She began writing poetry in 2008 and then went on study creative writing (Poetry) at the University of East Anglia (MA ... more »

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On Ellington Road

Old man Harvey, with his thick specs and polished shoes
shouting trespassers, yet offering us a penny for collecting
his waspy pears.

‘Biji', looking old in widow-white, whose soft hands were always
stained with turmeric.

The achingly cool white brothers, who lived opposite with their
Mum and spent days fixing their motor-bikes.

Aunty Kamel, knocking on our door, with her black plait undone,
begging us to keep her for the night.

The Aroras, who had a real football pitch at the back of their garden
(Hounslow FC).

Cunny, Pummy, Bally, and...

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