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Debut poetry collection

Woman wearing headscarf smilingMemoona Ahmed’s (2018, Experimental Psychology) debut poetry collection once-joined pieces is set to be released in April 2023 with Bite Poetry Press. The collection is a coming-of-age story, exploring the fragility of childhood, identity and loss.

Memoona writes from a frank and vulnerable place on the painful realisation of fragmentation, drawing together her experiences in fractured shards of identity. This collection will take you on a journey of turmoil and acceptance: of fearing what lies within the dark places and finding out. Across the horizons of youth and young adulthood, she documents a searing search for wholeness — the healing of what has passed and the raging ocean of what is to come.

Book cover with sea and text saying "once-joined pieces"Memoona Ahmed is a young British-Pakistani poet and writer. Her work focuses on her multifaceted experience with adversity, mental illness and identity. She has performed at award-winning open mic ‘Yes We Cant’ and at the Oxford Poetry Library. Following a published section in the Word Association’s 2020 anthology Words to Live By (Bite Poetry Press), Memoona was a mentee on the 2022 Word Association poetry mentorship. She performed two sets at the 2022 Cheltenham Literature Festival.

While at Univ, she won the “Univ’s Next Novelist” competition. The competition was organised by Amanda Brookfield (1979, English) – novelist and inaugural Visitor in the Creative Arts at Univ – in conjunction with Boldwood Books.

You can find out more and pre-order once-joined pieces here.

Published: 14 March 2023

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