Between the grit of East London and the charisma of Essex sits the unassuming town named Ilford, home to the iconic Ilford Lane, Belgrave Road and internationally recognised poet, Hussain Manawer. Having been inspired by a school teacher who urged him to enter a poetry competition, fast forward a decade or so and Hussain Manawer now travels across the world to deliver raw performances that pack an emotional and inspiring punch.
Carving out a new genre of socially conscious art for the masses, the ‘Original Mummy’s Boy’ has just released his latest body of work entitled ‘Homemade’, a 4 track poetry grief cycle through Universal Music Virgin Emi, to critical praise. His poetry has since garnered regular airtime on stations such as BBC Radio 1, 1xtra, Radio 4, 5, 6 and Asian Network. Hussain supported superstar Ellie Goulding at the Royal Albert Hall, iconic Oscar winning actress, Cher, and was requested to curate a one-off poem by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, entitled ‘London’s Legacy’ to celebrate the launch of the first night tube.
The Ilford based wordsmith is challenging the stigma that exists around the topic of mental health. Hussain recently launched the UK’s largest mental health festival in partnership with Twitter UK at Hackney Empire and received an Honorary Fellowship from the prestigious King’s College London for his work in mental health and public sciences. Hussain previously set a Guinness World Record for the ‘World’s Largest Mental Health Lesson’ and appeared at Global Citizen Live alongside the late Kofi Annan, Emelie Sande, Maya Jama and Professor Green.
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