Shamshad Khan was conceived in Karachi and born in Britain. Her published works include a short story, ‘The Woman and the Chair’, published by Virago in 1994, and her poetry appears in a number of anthologies including Flame, Poetry of Rebellion, The Firepeople, Bittersweet, Healing Strategies for Women at War, Gargoyle, Longman’s GCSE Poems for your Pocket, Velocity and Redbeck Press’ anthology of British South Asian poets. Shamshad is also co-editor of an anthology of black women’s poetry (Crocus, 1999) and has been Literature Adviser to Arts Council of England North West. She is currently developing work for her first collection of poetry. Shamshad’s work has been broadcast on local and national radio, featuring in the Bradford Festival Radio, GMR and Radio 4’s Love Thang and Woman’s Hour.
Shamshad’s performances have included the Nia Centre, The Green Room, Band on the Wall (Manchester), Unity Theatre (Liverpool), Apples & Snakes and at Dingwalls collaboration with New York musicians via ISDN link. She has performed in English and Urdu at Oldham’s Mother Tongue conference and she has received commissions from Manchester’s Conference on Integrated Transport and Trafford City Council, BBC Radio 3, the Manchester Museum (2003-05), Arts and Business (Oct 2005), and Glasgow Hidden Gardens (Nov 2005). Shamshad has also also written and toured her own one-person poetic shows, Hard Cut (2002-2004) and Megalomanic (2004-2006). Shamshad currently lives in Manchester, where she is treasurer of Commonword writing development and publishing company.
The Firepeople (contributor) Payback, Edinburgh, 1998
Bittersweet (contributor) Women’s Press, London, 1998
Healing Strategies for Women at War (contributor) Crocus, Manchester, 1999
GCSE Poems for your Pocket (contributor) Longman, Harlow, 1999)
Black Women's Poetry (co-editor) Crocus, Manchester, 1999
Peace Poems (co-editor) Crocus, Manchester 2003
Shamshad Khan on Apples and Snakes' website
Shamshad Khan on Radio 3