Elays network's film and arts exhibition, london, 2009

Elays network's film and arts exhibition, london, 2009

The Beginning

Mohamed Mohamed has been writing poetry since the age of 12, entering a variety of children’s competitions. Combined with his love for performing arts, Mohamed began performing his poetry at a later age of 18 with a local youth group inviting him to perform his first spoken word piece, Dear Mum. After a year of writing, Mohamed mustered up the courage to return to spoken word, a nervous 19 year old, performing at events and appearing in youth films. Mohamed continued writing and performing poetry at the University of Exeter. Whilst studying a BSc Exercise and Sports Sciences, Mohamed regularly organised and hosted poetry events on campus and was a member of the Exeter Creative Writing Society (2010-2012).

#Skydebate, sky news, 2015

#Skydebate, sky news, 2015

Media & Activism

Mohamed’s poetry, work with young people (Elays Network board member) and Presidency of Exeter’s [University] Islamic Society (2012-2014) has lead him to feature on a variety of media and news outlets such as Sky News, London Live TV, British Muslim TV, BBC London and BBC Radio Devon, discussing current affairs, issues surrounding [Muslim] Youth in London and young people’s engagement with politics. A 2014 Exeter University Student Leader of the Year, Mohamed is an Alumnus of the Young Muslim Leadership Programme (2013) at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and an Alumnus of the Young Muslim Leaders Exchange Programme (2015) with the US Embassy of London. Mohamed was one of the Youth Leaders for the independent Citizens UK Commission on Islam, Participation & Public Life Youth Leadership Group.

Crawley wordfest, crawley, 2015

Crawley wordfest, crawley, 2015

Now and Beyond

Mohamed has performed his poetry and facilitated workshops in many cities across the UK at Universities (including Oxford, Cambridge and Leeds) for student-led initiatives, charity projects and youth & community initiatives, including his December 2014 commissioned performance in London to launch the daughter of Malcolm X, Malaak Shabazz's UK Tour. Founder of the (un)Heard Words, a project focused on using poetry as a tool for interfaith engagement, Mohamed often explores the topic of identity and faith in his poems. Mohamed's poem for climate change was shortlisted for the FreeWord Centre's The Time is Now Poetry Prize and was recently commissioned to perform at the London Science Muslim for the humanitarian DEC charity, Islamic Relief.