Amerah Saleh is a spoken word artist born and bred from Birmingham. Her Muslim Yemeni roots give her space to get lost and found on multiple occasions between identity. She is the Co-Founder of Verve Poetry Press and a Producer at Free Radical as part of The Beatfreeks Collective. Amerah has performed all around Europe and has will be releasing her first collection called ‘I Am Not From Here’ on 20th April. Her work touches on identity, womanhood, religion and the obscure idea of belonging only to one place.
Amerah aims to inspire and enthuse the younger generation whilst also making the older generation look at the current state of our society and addressing what needs to change. Amerah is a lover of words and wild creativity- with a strong belief that creativity rekindles our souls with life.
Amerah is a spoken word artist championing the Birmingham Poetry scene, Amerah’s writing and performance has been stunning audiences for quite some time. An artist who mixes passion with fiery intelligence and an uncanny insight into what it is to be human. She works in theatre, performance and poetry aiming to find new ways to engage communities and share secrets from within her own community. She has performed around the world, sharing her stories and connecting with people. Poetry has taken her around the world sharing stories with people and also gathering them for her own suitcase when she needs them.
Amerah has been informally mentoring young artists for a while, working on their stresses, careers into the arts and confidence she provides spaces for young people to talk and share new writing with her. She also mentors on producing, event management and hosting.
Amerah isa Board Member of the global poetry slam Pangaea Poetry and Birmingham Repertory Theatre after being a resident artist in 2015. She aims to bring young people to the forefront of organisations minds’ and provide a voice in the room that could become potential opportunities for young people within the city and beyond.
She is currently working as a poetry mentor with Brouhaha festival working with poets from Liverpool, Belgium, San Francisco and Holland.
Amerah has produced events since 2013, now working as a Lead Producer with Free Radical where all the work is about creating safe spaces to engage 16-30 year olds, finding new ways of educating young people to take ownership of the future through unique events. Through Young Giant (as part of The Beatfreeks Collective) she has produced events like Make Your Mark: EU, The Social Exchange, Level UP and Dinner With Strangers.
Amerah supported the producing of Ars Electronica, an arts and tech festival in Linz, Austria in 2016.