Durre Shahwar is a writer and creative practitioner. She is the recipient of Literature Wales’ Writers’ Bursary 2018, which she is using to work towards her short story collection exploring South Asian identities in Wales. This year, Durre was also part of the Hay Writers at Work programme. As of this autumn, she will be undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Cardiff University. Durre is an Associate Editor for Wales Arts Review and the co-founder of ‘Where I’m Coming From’, an open mic that promotes BAME writing in Wales. In 2017, she was a Word Factory Apprentice, mentored by Alexei Sayle.
Durre writes about a broad range of topics, including race, identity, intersectional feminism 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 with various national arts organisations such as National Theatre Wales and British Council Wales, and is also a regular speaker and performer at various events and festivals.