We Hear You Now – Live

We Hear You Now, a new spoken word audio commission embedded on benches, signposts and gates across 6 km of the Seven Sisters and Sussex Heritage Coast landscape – and online. This collection,  which I have curated and co-written, together with Georgina Aboud, Jenny Arach, Razia Aziz, Joyoti Grech Cato, Oluwafemi Hughes, Dulani Kulasinghe, Georgina Parke Akila Richards, Pauline Rutter and Sheila Auguste, presents contemporary speculative fiction, poetry and new myths by Sussex-based writers of colour.

Watch a film made by Bip Mistry, of highlights of our work We Hear You Now grew out of my 2020-23 Writing Residency at Seven Sisters Country Park and across the Heritage Coast, commissioned by the South Downs National Park Authority which supported a two year programme of research, walking and creative writing,  called We See You Now. Both have been majority funded by Arts Council England. Explore our work online here.

For all events coming up see linktr.ee/alinahazadeh

Windows Of Wonder

Windows of Wonder brought together a group of diverse and established Lewes artists whose practices engage with the world of objects and collections, reimagined, refashioned and reframed. Using empty retail space on Lewes High St, East Sussex, they created individual window installations to make a trail, to stimulate questions on where we can encounter art and what art can be.  www.windowsofwonder.co.uk

My window at Fitzroy House featured a selection of sculptures from my artist archive, some of my writing – and a curated shelf of books that have influenced or informed my recent literature projects set across the South Downs. All for this beautiful window of Lewes’ first public library (1862 – 1956).

All images taken by Catherine Benson

Sculptures in my window as follows:

The Instrument that Cannot be Played (2009-12).Materials: Santoor, computer mouse + lead, recycled velvet, organza, kilim wool and cotton. Note: Durational sculpture, begun in response to the green protest movement in Iran, Summer 2009. Finished in 2012.

Dare to be Free (2015) Materials: Typewriter, mixed cloth, extract from Free Woman to Free Man by Cicely Hamilton (from A Pageant of Great Women, 1909) Note: Sculpture for the 1897 Foundation of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Society Banner for Parliament in the Making/ Magna Carta Anniversaries.

An Act (2015). Materials: scrolls made from recycled fabrics from countries connected to the UK through Empire, paper, text. Note: Sculpture for The 1965 Race Relations Act Banner for Parliament in the Making/ Magna Carta Anniversaries (2015)

Listen (2012) Materials: Roberts analog radio, earphones, textile + sari scraps, kilim wool, binding. Private Collection.

Secret Knowledge II, (2012). Materials: Inherited books, Persian rug scraps, flax.

Monument (2012). Materials: The artist’s defunct credit cards, chequebooks bound in kimono scraps, wool, wire.

The Book of Debts IV (2014). Performance relic: Jar of ashes from Burning the Books (2012-15) collective performance (Lewes, Foundry Gallery/Phoenix Estate, 2014)

Dance (from The Gifts 1-99, 2010) Materials: The artist’s mother’s shoes, recycled cloth, bias binding, Sufi poetry texts.

Voice and Presence (2011). Materials: Telephone, kilim wool, sari scraps, bias binding, wire, Sufi poetry texts

Bookshelf: books that have influenced or informed my Seven Sisters & Sussex Heritage Coast writer residency and We See You Now/ We Hear You Now projects.

Best British Short Stories Publication

My first fiction story, The Beard, was published in Glimpse, the first anthology of Black British speculative fiction published by Inscribe/Peepal Tree Press, edited by Leone Ross. Order here.  It has been republished as part of Best British Short Stories 2023 (Salt, ed Nicholas Royle).

After five years of writing, amazing support & belief from New Writing South &  a Chapter & Verse mentoring scholarship from Sable Lit/ TLC, I am just completing the manuscript of my artist memoir-plus, In the Skin of a Stranger.