Zahid Hussain is a novelist, poet and screenwriter.

In 2009, he launched the Manchester Muslim Writers; it was the first collective of writers of Muslim origin in the UK. In 2017, he helped to organise the Manchester Mushaira (Urdu poetry recital) at Manchester Met in partnership with the Manchester Writing School.

“I am drawn to stories which bring oblique characters into the light. In my novel The Curry Mile I wanted to offer a glimpse into the lives of Pakistanis; the experience of hearing hushed voices confirms our common humanity.”

Zahid believes we need more diverse books because few stories echo with the young people today.

“I was pulled into the world of literature by books such as The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper and Dune by Frank Herbert. These stories were my doors. I’d like to open doors for others.”

He is a former North West poetry performance champion and has performed at Manchester’s former Green Room, the Contact Theatre and the Frog and Bucket.

Zahid launched Young Shakespeares in 2017 to teach creative writing to children and young people. He is working with Read Manchester on the Made in Manchester poetry project to celebrate the city’s rich linguistic heritage.


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