Somerset House

August 2022: Chaired a panel for This Bright Land festival x Forest Essentials.

April 2023: Poetry performance with Morgan Stanley x Daytimers.

More info below.

Panel chairing: This Bright Land x Forest Essentials

Forest Essentials is India’s leading luxury skincare brand, currently expanding into European and US markets. As part of the launch of their first London shop, Forest Essentials UK partnered with Somerset House’s This Bright Land summer festival.

I chaired a panel with beauty and wellness thought leaders, focusing on skincare for people of colour in the UK, and Forest Essentials' fully organic, woman-led farming and manufacturing.

Poetry performance: Morgan Stanley Lates at Somerset House with The Courtauld x Daytimers

Daytimers is one of London's leading South Asian arts organisations, born from a rich history of UK counterculture. They partnered with Morgan Stanley, Somerset House and The Courtauld to stage this takeover, with 'some of the most exciting South Asian poets operating in the scene right now'.

I headlined this event with a performance of poetry in English, Italian and Urdu. Most of the set was my own work, archiving and celebrating queer South Asian experiences of joy and romantic connection in London. I also read short pieces by Faiz, Mir and Ungaretti in their original languages, accompanied by my lyrical translations into English.