Yab Nidaa

Nidaa Raoof

About Nidaa

Hi, I’m Nidaa. I am a former first story writer. My work has been published in five anthologies and I was a Rathbones Folio Prize mentee. I also made an instagram poetry account @worlds_to_come. I write because it’s an escape from the real world and an excellent way to look after mental health.

As a member of the youth advisory board I hope to bring ideas which will improve how writing is seen by young people in Nottingham. I want to explore different ways of encouraging writing and help provide opportunities in writing for as many individuals as possible.

I LOVE reading! Alongside writing and art, it is another world to dive into and ‘hide’ from stress or worries. There are many great writers who have influenced me in many ways! My First Story writers, Jim Hall & Ioney Smallhorne, influenced my work greatly. They developed my writing to a level where I became confident enough to revolve my work around themes I am passionate about, like climate change, animals, art & people’s emotions.

Lucy Caldwell was my Rathbones Folio Prize mentor who introduced me to new things such as theatre & sharing poetry to the public. She gave me the idea to create my Instagram poetry account and introduced me to Jan Carson who writes postcard short stories.

My favourite books are Little Women & Black Beauty! Philip Pullman is my all time favourite author because he has such a heart-warming tone and is simply epic!

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