Local poetry extraordinaires Zohab Khan and Jackie Okot to incite change with Outspoken workshop

Wagga locals Jackie Okot, 16 and Zohab Khan will present a poetry workshop and performance punctuated with music from jazz bassist, Damian Evans. Picture: Supplied
Wagga locals Jackie Okot, 16 and Zohab Khan will present a poetry workshop and performance punctuated with music from jazz bassist, Damian Evans. Picture: Supplied

Local poetry extraordinaire Zohab Khan is making a triumphant return back to the Riverina to present a special workshop aimed at inspiring change and confidence in youth in Junee. 

A fourth generation Australian with Pakistani heritage, Mr Khan draws upon his experiences of racism and xenophobia to incite people to stand up against divisive voices of fear, hate and violence.

Mr Khan was the 2014 Australian Poetry Slam champion and said getting people to think about self-expression through poetry is the goal of the workshop. 

“The two hour boot camp will get people a little uncomfortable and thinking about things they normally wouldn’t on a daily basis,” he said.

“I think only when we get comfortable with facing what is on the other side of those doors that we have constantly closed do we really express ourselves and create beautiful poetry.

“I consider myself a spreader of positivity and in the cliche manner that you feel good for a couple of hours, then you go home back to your routine. For me, it’s about changing the trajectory of peoples’ lives even if it may only be a small amount.”

Jackie Okot, a 16-year-old emerging Wagga poet will also accompany Mr Khan at the workshop to inspire audiences with the rhythm, power and passion of performance poetry.

The workshop will be held at the Athenium Theatre on Wednesday, October 4 from 3-5pm. From 7pm the same night there will be a performance by Jackie, bassist Damian Evans and Khan. 

Both the workshop and performance are free. To book a spot contact Nicole from Junee Shire Council on 0422 767 667