Warsan Shire is a Somali-British writer and poet born in Nairobi
and raised in London. She has written two chapbooks, Teaching My
Mother How To Give Birth and Her Blue Body. She was awarded the
inaugural Brunel International African Poetry Prize and served as
the first Young Poet Laureate of London.
Shire wrote the poetry for the Peabody Award-winning visual album Lemonade and Disney film Black Is King in collaboration with Beyonce Knowles-Carter. She also wrote the short film Brave Girl Rising highlighting the voices and faces of Somali girls in Africa's largest refugee camp.
Warsan lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head is her first full collection.
I have long been a massive fan of Warsan Shire's extraordinarily
gifted poetry. Her exquisite, memorable and finely-tuned poems
articulate a depth of experience that never fails to surprise and
profoundly move me, as she so powerfully gives voice to the
An incredible collection
Shire invokes the creative powers of the writer to transform one's past... Vital, moving and courageous, this is a debut not to be missed
*'The best recent poetry' - Guardian*
It is absolutely astonishing how much emotion, intelligence, imagination, and truth Warsan Shire can get into one collection. She is a poet of the highest order, with a compassionate heart, and a limitless mind
Must-read poetry from the superstar Somali-British writer Warsan Shire