Azad Ashim Sharma is a poet living in South London. He is affiliated with the Brighton underground poetry scene (especially Horseplay and Hi Zero poetry/performance series). In London, he has performed his work at Rivet and What You Saying? poetry/performance series and also at events organised by the Decolonising Our Minds Society (affiliated with SOAS). Furthermore, during his time as a student at Sussex, Azad co-founded the Sussex Guild of Poetry (now disbanded) which organised student poetry events and circulated a number of free poetry pamphlets on both Sussex and Brighton university campuses.
In 2017, Azad's first collection of poetry, entitled Against the Frame, was published by Barque Press. This collection engages with the concept of trauma as a result of and through the experiences of on-going conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Additionally, Against the Frame explores the vulnerability of Azad's own complex Islamic-Hindu hybrid identity as well as experiences of xenophobia in a political landscape punctuated by Donald Trump, Brexit, and the rise of new fascisms. In February 2018, Azad took part in a discussion and presentation of young poets as part of the Words in the Garden literature festival in New Delhi.
- Against the Frame
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