Where I’m Coming From is an open mic series aimed predominantly but not exclusively BAME writers in Wales. Every month, two writers are featured, followed by an open mic that can be signed up to on the day. Everyone is welcome to share words at the open mic, whether you identify as BAME or not.

Join Where I’m Coming From for an inclusive open mic session that showcases the amazing range of grassroots talent Cardiff has to offer.

Bring your favourite piece, your latest piece, or your rawest piece, and share with our warm, supportive audience of fellow creatives.

This month the featured writers are:

Des Mannay is the winner of the ‘rethinkyourmind’ poetry competition (2015). Placed 2nd and highly commended in the Disability Arts Cymru poetry Competition (2015). ‘Gold Award’ winner in the Creative Futures Literary Awards (2015), shortlisted for the erbacce-prize for poetry (2015, and 2016), Welsh Poetry Competition (2015), The John Tripp and Idris Davies poetry competition; part of Rhymney Valley Literature and Arts Festival 2016, and the Disability Arts Cymru poetry Competition (2016)

Des has performed at numerous venues, including the ‘Unity’ Festival, ‘Maindee’ Festival, ‘Hub’ Festival, ‘Stoke Newington Literature Festival’, KAYA Festival of World Music & Arts, Merthyr Rising, The Seed Festival and Walls:Muriau – Welsh mental health arts festival. He has poems published in ‘I Am Not A Silent Poet’ online journal, ‘The Angry Manifesto’, ‘Proletarian Poetry’, ‘Yellow Chair Review’, ‘Indiana Voice Journal’, ‘Stand Up And Spit’, ‘Red Poets’, ‘The Scum Gentry’ and work in a number of poetry anthologies. Des is on facebook as “The stuff wot I wrote’ Des Mannay – hooligan Poet” and Twitter as @hooliganpoet

Amiina Mohamoud is an 18 year-old Black Muslim writer who strives to give a voice to stories and perspectives we don’t often hear.
The introspective nature and honesty of her poetry has allowed her to grow and one day hopefully allow others to relate and not feel as if they are alone in the struggles they face.
She covers topics such as institutional racism, colourism and class divisions. A lot of her work is politically driven as she is a politics student and has come face to face with hateful views.