Postcards from the Diaspora

Facilitated by Hoda Hashi

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    Produced by young Somali people with Sabjit Natt and Hafsa Yusuf for the Numbi archive: Coming Here, Being Here

Past Event

This event was on Thu 5 Nov, 6.30pm

Online Reading Group

The Silent Minority within the Minority

Why are we silent about certain aspects of who we are and what can we gain, individually and collectively, by breaking that silence? Using Audre Lorde’s The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action (1977), Hoda Hashi’s workshop explores this question from the perspective of voices within her community that have traditionally been silenced.

This event is free, but spaces are limited and advance booking is required.  This event will take place on Zoom; attendees will be sent a link, text and guidelines ahead of the event.

Whitechapel Gallery with NUMBI: Postcards from the Diaspora

A series of readings and workshops curated by Kinsi Abdulleh, artist and co-director of NUMBI, a Somali-originated African-centred arts and heritage organisation. Sessions are led by black womxn and gender non-conforming artists, writers and thinkers engaging with language, decolonisation, intersectionality and diasporic thinking.

People of all genders, sexualities, faiths and ethnicities are welcome.

Texts are provided in advance, with large-print versions available. An audio recording of each text is available upon request. If you have questions or requirements concerning access and inclusivity during these events, contact us on

About Hoda Hashi

Hoda Hashi is a writer, dirac designer and founder of Ina’Xaashi, a project creatively exploring intersectional diaspora Somali identity. Her work has been published by African arts & culture platforms OkayAfrica and TRUEAfrica, as well as gal-dem, an award-winning magazine dedicated to writing by women of colour.

Access Information

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About This Event

  • This event takes place online only, and you need a Zoom account to participate. This is free, and you can sign up here:
  • This event is suitable for those over the age of 16.
  • The text is available in Large Print format, and we can also provide an audio version with sufficient notice. If you require this, please contact us one week in advance.
  • We can provide British Sign Language interpretation or live closed captioning for this event with sufficient notice – if you require interpretation, please contact us as soon as possible, and no later than two weeks before the event so that we can hire an interpreter.
  • If you use a screen reader, we can send visual material to you in advance with sufficient notice. If you require this, please contact us one week in advance.
  • This event will last 2 hours, and we will schedule a comfort break in the middle.

This information will be updated where required.