Where I Belong is an exciting 12-part podcast series is a collection of short poems and stories from twelve writers living in Baghdad and Nottingham, offering a unique window into the lives of those in two distinct UNESCO Cities of Literature, featuring original writing from emerging and established artists, with an emphasis on under-represented voices.

Each episode was developed through online conversations, pairing 6 writers in Nottingham with 6 writers in Baghdad, to reflect and explore themes that connect their pieces resulting in a series of duets focussed on place:

"Uplifting - connecting ideas, cultures, places and people..." Audience member at Where I Belong Live

Like Betty by Mufaro Makubika, a playwright of African descent (Nottingham) and The Tigris Balcony by communication engineer Ali Muhammed (Baghdad)


Legend of the River Mumma by poet, artivist, self-described Black Wellness Warrior Cara Thompson (Nottingham) and Voices in my Head by Mina Ali Shareef, an educational content creator (Baghdad)

Hydra by Georgina Wilding, a poet and performer (Nottingham) and Ishtar Makes Films in Baghdad by digital content maker with a master's degree in computer science Budoor Al Abid (Baghdad)


Hope is The Thing with Feathers by poet and theatre maker Leanne Moden (Nottingham) and Baghdad: A Masterpiece of Helpless by Iraqi poet and journalist Mubeen Khishany (Baghdad)

The Willows by writer, director and theatre-maker Michael Pinchbeck (Nottingham) and Palm Tree Orchard by Sijal Al-Rekabi, a poet with a PhD in Aquatic Microbiology from Reading (Baghdad)
Shock Waves by writer and theatre-maker Andy Barrett (Nottingham) and City of the Richter Scale by poet, translator, essayist and academic Sadek R. Mohammed (Baghdad)


Where I Belong is free to listen to on your favourite podcast platform including: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | SoundCloud and more; plus you can download the stories and poems here:

ARABIC text version

ENGLISH text version

Supported by the British Council Arts Digital Collaboration Fund.