Mohamed Hassan is an award-winning journalist and poet from Auckland and Cairo. He was the 2015 NZ National Poetry Slam Champion and has toured his work internationally, representing New Zealand at the Individual World Poetry Slam in 2016. His poems have been shared widely online, and have been taught in hundreds of schools. In 2017 he was awarded the Gold Trophy at the 2017 NY Radio Awards for his RNZ podcast series Public Enemy, covering islamophobia and counter-terrorism, and his most recent series The Guest House tackles community grief following the Christchurch attacks. His new collection of poems National Anthem is published by Dead Bird Books, and explores themes of displacement, nationalism and mental health.
Events at Word
WORD GALA: BRAVE WORLDSFriday, 30 October 7:45 pm
We open the weekend with a glittering event, with six of the festival's distinguished writers responding to the theme of courage. With Witi Ihimaera, Mohamed Hassan, Laura Jean McKay, Becky Manawatu, Elizabeth Knox and Behrouz Boochani, hosted by John Campbell.
BOOK LAUNCH: MOHAMED HASSANThursday, 29 October 6:00 pm
Join Mohamed Hassan as he launches National Anthem, a collection of poetry that explores themes of displacement, nationalism and mental health. With special guests Dominic Hoey, Daisy Speaks and Dietrich Soakai.
RAY SHIPLEY’S LATE NIGHT POETRY HOURFriday, 30 October 9:00 pm
Ray Shipley introduces late night poetry - it's cosy but not too comfortable. With Mohamed Hassan, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Dominic Hoey, essa may ranapiri and more...
KO AOTEAROA TĀTOU | WE ARE NEW ZEALANDFriday, 30 October 5:00 pm
In Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand, writers and artists respond to the questions: What is New Zealand? Who are New Zealanders? With Selina Tusitala Marsh, Ghazaleh Golbakhsh, essa may ranapiri, Donna Miles-Mojab, Mohamed Hassan, Tusiata Avia and more.