Galaxy Walk by Shareefa Energy
A girl glides down Galaxy Walk to her grandmother’s home. The impact of patriarchy is unravelled. The unforgivable negligence of Grenfell and unsafe housing in Britain is exposed. In these poems that are at once raw and vulnerable, Shareefa explores hauntings of love, loss, and history as a working-class Indian woman raised in the diaspora. With a voice fortified and perceptive, these writings navigate the blunt cruelties of our existence, whilst refusing to forget how to marvel at the wonders on earth. From holding governments accountable, to dealing with grief and loss, Galaxy Walk restores our faith in what it means to be alive and human.
“Shareefa is somebody I’ve seen perform many times and I’ve always been moved by the obvious passion in her delivery. Getting the chance to read her words from the page has given me a new insight into just how beautiful and intricate her wordplay is and i’ve been grateful for the opportunity. In numerology, the qualities of the name Shareefa are compassionate & idealistic, I think Galaxy Walk proves that she is both of those things and so much more” - RODNEY P
Shareefa Energy is a poet, spoken word artist, writer, and poetry and creative writing workshop facilitator. She is of Indian heritage, from working-class Highfields in Leicester. London has been her home since 2010. She is known for her impactful work in London and beyond as an activist, educator and performer, and has a BA in International Relations.
Her poetry has featured on BBC’s The One Show, Channel 4 and ITV, and has been published in i-D magazine and various publications. Shareefa performed at Poetry Meets Hip Hop in Berlin and festivals including the Verve Festival and Flamenco Festival. She was headline poet for BBC Radio 1Xtra Words First 2019. She received the UK Entertainment Best Poet Award 2017 and was shortlisted for the Eastern Eye Arts, Culture & Theatre Award 2019 by the Arts Council.
She has facilitated creative writing and poetry workshops internationally, from Palestine to Sierra Leone, with children in primary schools and lecturers in universities among others. She was artist in residence at North Kensington Library for the Apples and Snakes Spine Festival 2018 and 2019.