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Fatima AL Matar

Updated: Fri, 20 May 2011 12:50 pm

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Born in Kuwait, October 1980, Fatima moved to the UK to pursue her postgraduate education, she lives in Coventry with her 5 year old daughter Jori, her poetry has appeared in several Poetry Journals such as Acumen, The Journal, Further Monthly, Angelic Dynamo, WORD!, Staples Magazine, Sentinel Magazine and Bad Language. Her poem ‘Lessons’ has been shortlisted for the Torbay Poetry Award 2009, and her poem “Mother” was highly commended for Sentinel Poetry Competition 2010. Fatima has a published poetry collection entitled ‘The Heart and the Subsidiary’.


I wish you I wish you on this dull grey morning as I winter my coffee with sugar and cream. I wish you on this cold lonely evening as I stir the thickening soup sending you a thousand unspent embraces.

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<Deleted User> (7140)

Sun 3rd Apr 2011 04:32

Hello Fatima,

Your poem 'mother' was very moving to me. It made me think firstly of my mother and her thoughts. It made me think of me as a parent also. 'I don't enjoy being a mother' is such a great line. Seems so shocking sandwiched as it is between 'gawking faces' and 'calculating oneself'. I suppose that is the whole point. I look forward to reading more of your poetry on this site ...

Thank you


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Julian (Admin)

Sun 27th Mar 2011 12:31

Hi Fatima
Your work is ever-wonderful and you seem to be really going place with it since we first met you at the Wigan slam all that time ago.
Keep on doing what you are doing, and inspiring us all.

<Deleted User> (8546)

Tue 10th Aug 2010 00:11

Hi Fatima, nice to meet you and I liked your performance, straight from the heart and powerful.

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Chris Dawson

Mon 12th Apr 2010 08:31

Well done on your slam win Fatima, so pleased you enjoyed it too.

<Deleted User> (7164)

Sat 10th Apr 2010 04:44

Hi Fatima, i too would like to express how lovely it was to meet you at Wigan and to congratulate you on a superb performance. powerful, spiritual and very moving. Thankyou for making the journey.


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Fatima al.matar

Sat 10th Apr 2010 01:31

Gus, thank you... I must say your first poem about your father is still haunting me, so powerful and very well delievered.

Fatima x

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Gus Jonsson

Sat 10th Apr 2010 00:55

You held me spell bound... well deserved winner.

Gus x

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Fatima al.matar

Sat 10th Apr 2010 00:52

Isobel, thank you, you're so kind :)

Sophie, thank you, the journey back was shorter, and less stressful, no queues or delays (phew)!!

Winston, yes the trip was worth it, I have attended many poetry events before but I have never felt so welcome and so taken care of as I was in Wigan... what a fantastic group of people xx

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winston plowes

Fri 9th Apr 2010 23:16

Hi Fatima... The big adventure to Wigan paid off! Well done you. Win

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Fri 9th Apr 2010 13:03

Congratulations on winning the slam Fatima. It was well deserved and you gave a beautiful performance.

I love your profile poem. Indisposable sadness often comes with excess baggage - don't you think? Beautifully expressed.

Isobel x

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Fatima al.matar

Fri 19th Mar 2010 23:31

Thank you Paul,

glad you enjoyed it :)

<Deleted User> (5593)

Fri 19th Mar 2010 19:02

Hi Fatima,
just heard your interview on Tony Stringfellow's show - excellent, well done¬!

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Fatima al.matar

Tue 16th Mar 2010 19:17


Thank you for welcoming me to WOL, for your very kind comments, and for the very informative e-mail.

<Deleted User> (7075)

Tue 16th Mar 2010 18:29

Hi Fatima. A big welcome to WOL. Your sample piece is very impressive. vivid and repulsive (all in a good way) Looking out for more from you. Great stuff. Win

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Fatima al.matar

Sun 14th Mar 2010 23:11

Thank you Graham,
I look forward to taking my recently published collection 'The Heart and the Subsidiary' further though readings and poetry events.
thank you for making me feel welcomed.

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Graham Sherwood

Sun 14th Mar 2010 20:53

Hello Fatima. Welcome to WOL. You've made a good impression already I see. Look forward to reading your work.

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Fatima al.matar

Sun 14th Mar 2010 09:48

I'm glad you enjoyed 'Contraception' Ann. I was feeling quite self consious about my audio recordings but I'm very happy that you liked those too :)

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Ann Foxglove

Sun 14th Mar 2010 09:33

Hi Fatima, I agree with Chris, the description of the sucking sound like a snail being unstuck is brilliant. I listened to your readings too, you have a lovely voice. I particularly like When Silence has Sound. All very haunting stuff.

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Fatima al.matar

Sat 13th Mar 2010 23:57

Thank you Chris,

Yes I did read a few months back in Earlsdon, thanks you for remembering me.
Fatima xx

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Chris Dawson

Sat 13th Mar 2010 23:47

Very moving piece of work Fatima, very well written. Look forward to reading more of your work.
Did I hear you read a few months ago in Earlsdon?

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