Poetry Through the Eyes of South Asian Communities

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Headstone Manor & Museum collaborating with Mental Wealth and Re-Route present this online workshop that is aimed at supporting mental health in South Asian communities in Harrow through creative writing. Open to anyone with an interest in poetry, this workshop is facilitated by South Asian Poet, Katherine Saminaden, using inspiration from Headstone Manor & Museum to create new narratives inspired by South Asian heritage.

About the workshop

In this workshop, we ask you to choose at least two objects from your home or work life that reflects your personal life in Harrow or wherever you live to reflect your identity. If you are from the South Asian community, perhaps this is something that connects you to your family’s heritage in South Asia. If you are not South Asian, this workshop will help you identify pieces from your own “museum at home” to share your story too, through the lens of your own heritage and personal journey.

Using two treasured objects from your own home, Katherine will lead on two creative writing exercises to help you build a poem about yourself using these objects as the focal point. Inspired by the Museum’s own social history collections and South Asian heritage, this workshop is about expressing yourself authentically. It should be fun and is for everyone over the age of 16+! We all have a creative writer within us, because we all have our own rich, individual story that only we can express in our very own way. There is no right way to write a poem, this workshop is just aiming to give some guidance to budding poets and a create space for you to share your creativity. 

For this workshop we ask that you bring along the following materials: Pen/Pencil, Plenty of Paper, Highlighters/Coloured Pens, 2 Treasured objects e.g. (like your favourite mug, a photograph or item of dress) & an open mind.

Workshop plan

  • Introduction from Sonam and Madhu/Stacey
  •  Introduction from Katherine + Icebreaker writing exercise
  • 20-minute poetry writing exercise
  • Sharing space (for those who feel comfortable)
  • Wrap up/Visual minutes


This workshop will last one hour. It will be delivered online – instructions on how to join will be sent to you 1 week prior to the event.

About Katherine Saminaden

  • Youth Wellbeing Trainer accredited Middlesex University
  • Vice Chair of the board of trustees for Mind in Harrow
  • Mental health awareness campaigner & activist
  • Education Studies & English literature BA hons Canterbury ChristChurch University 

Katherine is of mixed race white and Asian heritage. She identifies as queer and her pronouns are she/her. Katherine has been mentally ill and have had multiple diagnoses over the years including: depression, anxiety, psychosis and an eating disorder. She has lived in Harrow all her life and she is proud of the beautifully diverse place that she lives in.

Katherine uses her words and voice to share her mental health experiences empowering herself and others. Fighting against stigma and hoping to campaign for better mental health awareness in her community. Her main goal, dream, vision and wish is to make this world a mentally healthier place.

Discover more about Katherine here:

Mind In Harrow




About Reroute & Mental Wealth

Reroute & Mental Wealth are supported under Rethink Mental Health illness Charity. Reroute provides a safe, confidential space (peer support group) for Young South Asians, aged 18-35 to meet other like-minded individuals. Mental Wealth was formed because there was no space in harrow for South Asians 35+ to go to for mental health support. Both groups empower all members of the above group to challenge the stigmas and stereotypes around them in order to promote mental health awareness in the South Asian community.

HMM appreciates that the current pandemic has affected our communities in different ways, which is why this a ‘Pay What You Can’ event. It’s simple, pay what you can and support the work HMM do!

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This event is part of South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM) which aims to commemorate, mark and celebrate South Asian history and culture, and build an understanding of the diverse heritage that continues to link UK with South Asia. To find out more about this month visit their website here


August 6
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Pay What You Can
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More Information
This event will be held via zoom. Book your ticket here and we will be in touch a few days before the workshop with the Zoom details.