Hibba Memon, a 22-year-old Pakistani based in the UAE, has been selected as the winner of the Gul Mawaz Khan Poetry Competition.
Her poem will be read out at the House of Lords, the second chamber of the UK Parliament.
A prose on ancestry, it takes the reader on a journey of uncertainty, new beginnings and in search for one’s identity.
SAMAA Digital got in touch with Memon to ask how she felt about her achievement. “I am excited for sure. Although I wish I could personally fly over and recite it myself, but parliamentarian procedures don’t allow it,” she said.
Memon recently completed her Bachelors in Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering from the University of Sharjah.
She said her friend had told her about the competition. The aspiring writer has a poetry blog and occasionally performs spoken word poetry.
The Gul Mawaz Khan Memorial Foundation is dedicated to promote the memory of martyred Muslim soldiers who risked and sacrificed their lives fighting for Britain in the First and Second World Wars.