The Literary Consultancy is excited to be working on an innovative showcase for its writing talent, initially in association with Staple Magazine. See TLC Showcase Introduction for more on the inception of the Showcase and please see below for where it is now.

Once a month we will highlight the work of one author whose work we believe deserves a platform, whether simply because our readers felt it worth championing, or whether we have helped the writer on to commercial publication.

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Fathima Zahra

“These poems are excerpts from my debut pamphlet ‘Sargam / Swargam’ (ignition press, 2021). I began putting together my manuscript in early 2019. At the time, this existed as a compilation of poems I had been performing and sharing at open mic nights, poetry slams and live events. They addressed recurring obsessions including belonging, girlhood and relationships.
From the Introduction


Ramadan, 2019
 We stalk the moon all month round, lick
our lips, till the Adhan goes off on our phones,
dig our teeth into the soft flesh of dates, wash
it down with Roohafza, rinse and repeat. The
scholars paste their eyes to the sky, the crowds
trade their eyeballs for telescopes, watch the
moon turn bashful, wait for henna stains
to appear, a gunshot signal to pull our smiles
out of the closet strutting in their Eid clothes.”
From ‘Sargam / Swargam’ – included in the showcase


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