Nadine Aisha Jassat

Nadine Aisha Jassat is a poet, writer, and creative practitioner. She has been published widely online and in print, and her work has drawn acclaim. In 2018, she received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers’ Award, as well as being shortlisted for the Outspoken London Prize for Poetry in Film and the prestigious Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. In 2017, she was named as one of ‘30 Inspiring Young Women Under 30’ by YWCA Scotland. Her debut poetry collection will be out with 404 Ink in March 2019.

Photo: James Barlow Photography


Border Crossings »

Reading: Nadine Aisha Jassat, Mary Jean Chan

Fri 8 March | 14:15 - 15:15 | £4.50/£3.50 | The Town Hall, Queens Gardens, Supper Room

Poetry in Conversation: Story Café »

Glasgow Women’s Library bring their Story Café to StAnza

Fri 8 March | 18:50 - 19:30 | free / ticketed | The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street, Conference Room



My Aunt’s hands are soft and brown
and they smell like cumin and coriander.
She is a gardener in the kitchen.

Auntie, I remember your skin
the way some people remember the bus route.
I know I need to trace it to go home.

The world of work, bus bells and sirens
are harsh alarm clocks.
I would rather wake gently,
in 5 am light,
to your softly whispered duas
welcoming the morning.


Nadine Aisha Jassat