Aukash (Mujthaba) Zahid only started writing poetry in December last year but has already had his work published on a website, given lectures and readings at a local primary school and has even read his works to our local MP!
“My inspiration is Muhammed Ali,” explains Aukash. “He was the greatest boxer ever and also a poet, but I believe that he was treated badly in the West because of his background and his beliefs. I would like to challenge people’s attitudes and put them on the spot. I started by looking at his poetry and editing it, then moved onto creating my own works.”
Aukash found a website, United Press, which specialises in judging and featuring works of poetry. “My poems have been selected every month since I started,” he says, “and I have been rated as in the top 50 in the country. I am now hoping to develop an App and make my poems downloadable onto Kindle.”
Aukash, who formerly attended Chesterton Community College, was also invited to go back to his primary school in Arbury in July to talk to the children there and inspire them to read and write poetry. “I really enjoyed doing that,” he says, “and am hoping to visit other schools in the area. I have also had my work printed in the Cambridge News.”
Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge, heard of Aukash’s work, and invited him to the Guildhall in Cambridge to hold a poetry reading.
“In the future I might have a career in business,” says Aukash, who is studying English Literature, Economics, Business Studies and Psychology at Long Road, “but I would also love to write for a living!”
Aukash has his own website where he publishes his works, but you can also read a selection of his poetry by visiting the Student Showcase section of this website.