Asif Khan


About me Scottish culture, politics and sport shaped my formative years. I grew up in Dundee and undertook my degree in Film and Media Studies with Marketing at the University of Stirling. My professional career has been spent in Bristol and London in business development, marketing and engagement roles covering public libraries and literature to the visual and performing arts. I led on national cultural policy for the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade commemorative programme in 2007.  As an associate of the Cultural Leadership Programme, I wrote the international visual arts strategy for Barbados in 2009. Following the success of the Yardstick Festival in Bristol and Bath-showcasing contemporary poets and writers from the African Diaspora-I was invited by the Government of Jamaica to produce a showcase event with their new Poet Laureate, Mervyn Morris and emerging Jamaican writers in 2014. I also produced a poetry festival on the theme of Climate Change for Bristol and Bath Festival of Nature.

Contact me about… collaborations, partnership development or becoming a patron

My favourite poetry quote is by Lorna Goodison, ‘Heartease 1’: ‘Believe, believe / and believe this / the eye know how far / Heartease is.’

My favourite poets are... Virgil, Robert Burns, John Keats,  Lorna Goodison,  Jackie Kay, Liz Lochhead. Warsan Shire

When not at work you’ll find me… at a spoken word event or somewhere cultural

My favourite biscuit is… Abernethy… My favourite cake is…By the ocean

Me as a form of poem would be … an Ode to Concrete

One of the poems I carry is…. Roddy Lumsden’s ‘Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’: ‘No matter what you did to her, she said / There’s times, she said, she misses you, your face / Will pucker in her dream, and times the bed’s / Too big.’