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“My practice as a poet is to use stillness and the breath to allow words to descend or ascend.”

A pioneer in coaching in resilience and creative writing.

What I value about the natural world

What I love about nature is the mud on the tread of my boots.

Past present future

If we are to cherish our sensibilities, we need to manage the dangers.

Shamshad Khan in conversation with John Siddique

Talking about her journey as a poet, as well as poetry as the art of silence
 and about the word and how it relates to the truth of our bodies.


Shamshad Khan is a poet and resilience coach. She works with individuals and organisations using writing and coaching techniques to empower and engage. Her poetry collection Megalomaniac, published by Salt Publishing (2007) was studied on the Lancaster University English Literature degree course. Her work has been featured on BBC Radio 3 and 4.

Shamshad has collaborated with artists and theatres including The Horse and Bamboo Puppet Theatre as co-writer/director of the multi-media show The Moonwatcher (2018). She worked with Olympias Music on Making Manchester; a show combining physical theatre, music and poetry (RNCM, 2019), and on Dancing with Words (BooksUpNorth, 2019).