Durre Shahwar is a writer and creative practitioner. She runs ‘Where I’m Coming From’, an open mic that promotes BAME /underrepresented writers from Wales. She is currently doing her PhD in Creative Writing at Cardiff University / University of Bristol, funded by the South Wales and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. In 2018, Durre was the recipient of Literature Wales’ Writers’ Bursary 2018. She has been part pf the Hay Writers at Work development programme (2018), a Word Factory Apprentice, mentored by Alexei Sayle (2017), and part of the BBC Writersroom Welsh Voices 2018/2019 cohort.
Durre is currently working on her first book of autofiction about growing up as a South Asian person in Wales. She generally writes about a broad range of topics, including race, intersectional identities and mental health. Durre’s work has been published in various magazines and anthologies including Know Your Place: Essays on the Working Class (2017, Dead Ink Books), Cheval 10 – Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award (2017, Parthian Books), The Lonely Crowd, We Shall Fight Until We Win (2018, 404 Ink). You can find the full list here. Durre has worked and written for various companies such as National Theatre Wales, National Museum Cardiff, British Council Wales, Metro, BBC, Wales Arts Review. She is also a regular speaker and performer at various events and festivals.