Would you please introduce yourself to the readers?
I am Samra and I live in London. I am charity aid worker for humanitarian causes. I am originally from Hargeisa.
When did you first start writing poetry and was there any particular incidents in your life that inspired you to write?
I wrote prose and poems from young age but never kept them in any journals, I think back in 2010 I first uploaded my poems on Facebook and in particular to Somali Writers and nation of poets page. I took part in the Ramadan competition and my "Troubled Soul" won the competition. It was later published on Scarf magazine. The inspiration to continue writing stemmed from that point onwards.
What does "being creative" mean to you?
I believe we are all creative human beings , we just need to reach deep within us and discover our abilities, be it in writing or sketching or knitting, or anything you set your mind to do.
What do you try to communicate with your poetry?
My poems translates my thoughts that are hidden somewhere on my mind to an online theatre production where there are no cast but an interactive audience that I seek their critical feedback before their applause. They mainly communicate healing process, grief and love on it's simplest terms. They are spiritual in nature and at time philosophical.
How do you find the motivation after a hiatus?
I write for me because I love what I do.
What is your writing process? Do you sit and think through every word of every stanza or do you just write freely and allow the words to flow?
I write most of my poems during my train journey, in Piccadilly line. I write free verses that stems from a thought or short lines.
Who are some of your favorite poets?
My writing are influenced by Arabic literature,my favourite poets are Mahmoud Darwish , Ahmed Mattar, and contemporary one are Tamim AlBargothi. Most recently been blessed to get access to the translated work of Hadraawi and Gaarriye, so their work bring my Somali voice to life.
What advice do you have for aspiring poets? Any word of advice for closet poets?
Accept affirmation and reach out to the creative soul within you
What does writing poetry do for you?
It enables me to use my free time wisely.
Anything else you would like to share?
I am still learning, drafting and reaching.