Nuzhat Ali



I loved writing as a teenager and feel I have now come full circle back to writing. I have been a community activist for the last 22years, volunteering for a number of charitable organisations, working in inter-faith, organising educational conferences and running parenting groups. I also home-educated my children for 8 years and during this time completed a degree in Education Studies, obtaining a first class honours. I then followed this with a Masters in Islamic Studies which I completed in June 2013.

My experiences during this time have been extensive, giving me many insights into the lives of numerous people, their hopes, aspirations, problems and heartaches. I believe that this is the stimulus for my writing, which married with a vivid imagination and a love of story- telling is the key to producing work which is original and reflects issues facing the community I live and work in.

  • SAM: Listen to your dad love. He knows.
    Extract from ‘Dave’s Murder Mile’ by Lyn Towers
  • ALBERT: (Clears his throat) Testing, testing, one two, three, testing. This is Albert higginbottom addressing the nation. (Sings) I left my heart, in San Francisco, high on a hill, it calls to me…
    Extract from ‘Albert’ by Janice Sampson
  • DARCY: I’m Darcy, and I’m sure that’s a charming little tale but maybe we could save it for another time or for someone who’s actually interested in the banalities of your life.
    Extract from ‘Followers’ by Ruby Clarke
  • CHARLIE: Don’t panic. I won’t be sleeping much either. I suppose you could say I’m in here because of William Shakespeare – and a woman.
    Extract from ‘King of the Castles’ by Frank Hill
  • TARIQ: Oi! Stop being disrespectful! Just because you speak ‘English’ so properly - you can’t speak Punjabi so good though do you, eh?
    Extract from ‘When George Came to Bradford by Nuzhat Ali
  • Aged 21 she gave in and tried it becoming addicted within weeks. It was in fashion, everybody did it
    Extract from ‘The Smoking Companion’ by Joleen White
  • The emphasis is the song ‘Abrokyire Abrabo’ what it meant to the band – their peerage and what it means to them now
    ‘High Life ‘ by Joseph-Israel