‘See Britain’ jokes the sophisticated stewardess to a young boy from rural Pakistan catching the English winter and its first fever on the plane’s steps. Khadim Hussain’s poems chart the highs and lows of countless such arrivals: dreams of prosperity that wake to mixed realities; memories of home irretrievable from time’s blank floods. He captures changing perspectives with bittersweet tenderness and wit, with inventive and revealing shifts of diction, rhythm and tone.
About Khadim Hussain
Khadim Hussain has lived in Middlesbrough since 1975. After a science-based education in the 1970s, he worked in ICI Wilton’s Research and Development Department. Other jobs have included running a printing business, managing a tandoori and being a machine technician. He became interested in writing, eventually attending Creative Writing courses at the University of Teesside, studying with Bob Beagrie and Andy Willoughby. He is currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the University, where he is developing his craft as a writer of poetry and plays. As well as his Ek Zuban book, Going for a Curry? A Social and Culinary History (2006), Khadim has had his poems published in a range of books, magazines and newspapers, including the Evening Gazette, Northern Echo, Muslim Weekly, Bradford Telegraph and Argus, Kenaz, Tadeeb, The Wilds (Ek Zuban, 2007) and Teesway One Nine Nine (Shutter Books, 2007).