Writing For My People
by Rob Smith
Arriving in Sheffield from Liverpool
in 1996 Mohamed Bashe had already successfully produced one
book while living in the Toxteth area of Liverpool.
Having resided in Burngreave for over six years,
Mohamed has continued his writing, and has produced and financed
the publishing of three books. The Somali Writing Project
Part 1 and Somaliland Calling Part 2 are both summaries of
Somali writing and photography workshops.
It’s an important task of Mohamed’s
to try and make his people realise that they too have the
ability to write as a form of expression.
“We have had a long history
of unsettlement and political problems, that unless we learn
to communicate in written form, recording our history, then
everyone including our children will not know how we came
Mohamed’s third book ‘My First Childhood
Holiday – From Sheffield to Oslo’ concentrates
on recording his son’s upbringing as a first-generation
Somali child raised here.
“This is also an important
step to encourage other Somali children and their parents
not to be afraid to write. My son has recorded his visits
to Oslo and other countries he’s travelled to. This
is to show others that we have a need to travel and keep links
with relatives unfortunately divided between countries all
over the world.”
Mohamed himself has produced and financed all
the books he’s written by using Hallam Printing.
“I believe there is a need
for more concentration on Somali writing, storytelling, and
poetry that records our history, Rob. Not just for ourselves
but for others to understand and future generations all over
the world to know about us.”
To be able to continue in the work he’s
doing Mohamed is still seeking financial support and funding.
If there’s anyone who wants to purchase any copies of
the work done by Mohamed or to learn more about the work he
continues to do, contact 249 7033 or (0796) 621 032 or 45
Burngreave Road, S3 9DA.