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Local poet nominated for a National Diversity Award

She will find out in June whether she has made the shortlist.

A local poet has been recognised at the UK’s largest diversity awards.

Britain’s most inspirational and selfless people will come together in September to honour the rich tapestry of our nation, recognising individuals and groups from grassroots communities.

The prestigious black-tie event recognises nominees in their respective fields of diversity including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation.

Ms Satti has been nominated for a national diversity award.

Sharena Lee Satti, a local role model from Bradford, has been nominated in the Gender category at The National Diversity Awards 2022.

Ms Satti is a Bradford based spoken word artist, poet, event host, poetry workshop facilitator and educator.


Her book SHE was published in 2020 by the prize-winning publishing company, The Verve Poetry Press and she is currently working on her new, as yet untitled, book, funded by the Arts Council, due to be published by the Verve Poetry Press in 2023.

Ms Satti’s poetry has been described as real and raw drawing on her own life experiences, struggles, cultural identity and upbringing – often addressing themes that can be difficult to talk about but which express a genuine vulnerability that creates the opportunity for others to also accept and address their own thoughts, feelings and experiences.

Her poetry is also featured in ‘100 Voices, 100 Women Share Their Stories of Achievement’, to be published by Unbound  released this March 2022

Ms Satti is the co-founder of Spoke which is a non-profit organisation raising the profile of spoken word and poetry.

Spoke is a community-based organisation that brings together emerging and established poets and performance artists to reach new people and places with poetry and spoken word – delivering spoken word workshops in various settings across education, rehabilitation and corporate sectors.

Throughout the Covid-19 lockdown period, Ms Satti has hosted regular online open-mics to keep the poetry community connected, and from this, with her love of poetry and spoken word, created another project Breaking the Silence an online monthly open-mic, in collaboration with Author Abda Khan

ITV News will be working in association with The National Diversity Awards to highlight role models and community organisations on regional and national news channels.

Rachel Corp, Acting Editor, ITV News said; “We are pleased that ITV News will once again be supporting the National Diversity Awards. ITV News remains committed to telling the stories of those, who through their work and dedication to helping others has made a difference; enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in our society.”

Nominations for the awards close on Friday 20 May and the shortlist will be announced on Monday, 27 June 2022.

The winners will be announced in Liverpool on Friday 16 September.

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