Durre Shahwar grew up and lives in Cardiff, she is a writer and the Co-Editor of Gathering, an essay anthology on nature, climate, the landscape by women of colour, forthcoming 2024 with 404 Ink.
Durre’s work focuses on the topics of identity, gender, race, religion, and mental health. She is working on her first book about language, belonging, and identity as a Pakistani-Welsh person. Her work overlaps the boundaries between non-fiction, essay, autofiction, short story, and poetry. Established in 2017, Durre is the co-founder of ‘Where I’m Coming From’, the first open mic collective for writers of colour in Wales.
Durre has been published widely, most prominently: Wasafiri, Know Your Place: Essays on the Working Class (Dead Ink Books), We Shall Fight Until We Win (404 Ink), Welsh (Plural) (Repeater Books), Homes for Heroes 100: Council Estate Memories (Bristol Festival of Ideas), Artes Mundi, Sister-hood Magazine, Visual Verse. Her short play On My Terms was performed at Edinburgh Fringe. In the past, she has been the Artist in Residence at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, and a Located Residency Artist with National Theatre Wales.