Alumna Neelam Saredia-Brayley performance and in conversation

School of English alumna Neelam Saredia-Brayley will give a reading, followed by conversation and Q&A session with Dr Kat Peddie, Lecturer in Creative Writing, at 3pm on Thursday 24 September as part of the School of English’s Welcome Week.

Neelam and Kat are professional writers, Kent alumni and active participants in the arts, music and literary scenes in Canterbury and its environs. They will be talking about writing and giving a guide to the local arts scenes and how to become involved with them, uncovering the opportunities being an English student at Kent, and a resident of Canterbury, have to offer.

Neelam Saredia-Brayley is an award-winning poet who has been captivating audiences for 8 years. An alumni of the University of Kent’s BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, and the MA programme in Creative Writing, Neelam emerged during her studies at Kent in the thriving performance poetry scene in Canterbury, and is now a nationally-recognised multi-discipline performer, working with illustrators, musicians and dancers to create unique performances. Neelam┬áreaches out to daughters of immigrants; mothers who stay; girls who love girls; girls who sing hurricanes away

She has performed and headlined various events including Sofar Sounds, BBC Radio Kent, 451 City, Jawdance, bOing! International Family Festival, Marlowe Theatre, Turner Contemporary, Hammer & Tongue, and Gulbenkian. In 2020 she was awarded the Apples and Snakes: Jerwood Arts | Poetry in Performance Award, and is developing her Arts Council funded show, Queer Brown Skin, which grew out of her dissertation project at the University of Kent. Her debut collection is due to be published by Verve Poetry and Spoken Word Festival in 2021.

The performance and Q&A will take place on Thursday 24 September at 3pm, and is open to all new School of English students. Please check your email for the Zoom link to join the session.