Hanan Issa: The Welsh National Poet on her mission to elevate ‘difficult women’

Becoming a poet

Issa’s experiences growing up, as well as her identity, are important aspects of her poetry and her initial pieces were born out of indignation against the treatment of Islam and Muslims by those in power.

Merging Arabic and Welsh influences

Another source of inspiration is within language itself and the playfulness and symbolism it allows in expression.

Lessons in Iraqi folklore

This interest in womanhood is also present in her poem Si’luwah’s Song, which is inspired by a mythical figure found in Iraqi folklore.

We Are Lady Parts

Besides her poetry, Issa was also part of the writers’ room for the British comedy show We Are Lady Parts, which first aired in 2018.



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