is a clinical psychologist and writer, with a growing interest in the arts and mental wellbeing. She has been working in the NHS since 1991. She also has an MA in Poetry from Manchester Metropolitan University. Her poetry has been published in Orbis, Six Seasons Review, Sarasvati and she is honoured to be included in the NHS poetry anthology, These Are The Hands, edited by Katie Amiel and Deborah Alma (2020). Her poem Tacet recently won joint second prize in the health professional’s category of The Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine, and her pamphlet House Work was published on International Women’s Day 2022 by Fair Acre Press and is available here.
What does Khadija Rouf say?
I've been writing poetry since I was a kid, being awarded a literary shield when I was 9 years old. I am not sure if that cemented the bug but I grew up adoring books
of bodies / of light / of weightlessness
Khadija Rouf reviews Antonyms for Burial by Ellora Sutton (Fourteen Poems, 2022)
Seawort, marram grass, a length of rusted metal chain
Khadija Rouf reviews Notes on Water by Amanda Dalton (Smith|Doorstop, 2022)
A flower blossoming out of the hole in my face
Khadija Rouf reviews Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head by Warsan Shire (Chatto & Windus with Flipped Eye, 2022)
Three pamphlets: Martin Figura, Leontia Flynn and Naush Sabah
Khadija Rouf reviews My Name is Mercy by Martin Figura (Fair Acre, 2021), Hilary Menos reviews Nina Simone is Singing by Leontia Flynn (Mariscat Press, 2021), and Mat Riches reviews Litanies by Naush Sabah (Guillemot, 2021)