MKIAC ‘Poetry on Prescription’ event is the perfect lockdown tonic

Young people address their mental health and wellbeing struggles through lockdown at Milton Keynes Islamic Arts and Culture event.

Milton Keynes Islamic Arts and Culture relaunched its regular spoken word poetry event at Melis Restaurant in central MK, following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Young people from Shenley Brook End School and Milton Keynes College joined students from a range of other local schools in participating in the ‘Poetry on Prescription’ event.

MK Mayor Cllr Mohammed Khan was also in attendance, after MKIAC was honoured to be chosen as the Mayor’s charity of the year.

Anouar Kassim MBE, Director & CEO of MKIAC, said: “It was emotional and moving to hear so many journeys articulated by young people through the Poetry on Prescription programme.

“As we slowly ease out of restrictions, we are hearing the true nature of struggle that we as a society are enduring and are still going through.

“The poetry verse addressed challenges such as pain, isolation, anxieties, self esteem and fear.”

Cllr Khan was hugely supportive of the initiative and presented a Mayor’s Certificate to the Student of the Year from MK College, Fahamida Akter, who shared her inspiring journey together with Gemma Hudson-Findley (Head of Fashion & Textile at MK College) and Anouar.

Anouar added: “I would like to thank Yelda and the Melis management team for supporting this initiative, which is important to highlight the mental health and wellbeing challenges people have faced during the pandemic.”

To read the inspiring stories and more, visit the Art in Isolation online gallery at www.mkiac.org

This feature was published in the August/September 2021 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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