Mona Arshi worked as a human rights lawyer at Liberty before she started writing poetry.
Her debut collection ‘Small Hands’ won the Forward Prize for best first collection in 2015. She has also been a prizewinner in the Magma, Troubadour and Manchester creative writing competitions.
Mona was the 2016-2017 Arvon/Jerwood poetry mentor .She has performed her work at over 40 Festivals both here and abroad. She has read at the Royal Society of Literature, the Poetry School, The Southbank and in 2017 she was one of the judges for the Forward Prize.
Mona makes regular appearances on the radio including Front Row and was recently commissioned to write a programme on the Odyssey for ‘Book of the week’ for Radio 4. Her poems and interviews have been published in The Times, The Guardian, The Times of India as well as on the London Underground.
Mona’s second collection ‘Dear Big Gods’ is published in May 2019 by Liverpool University Press.
Sathnam Sanghera from the Times described Mona as ‘nothing less than Britain’s most promising writer.’
George Szirtes: ‘It is rare to find a first book as beautiful as this.’