May 04, 2021
When Nadim Shamma-Sourgen wrote a poem about taking his “brave feeling” off after school, along with his jacket, gloves and shoes, his mum Yasmine Shamma had a hunch it was something special. He was four and a half.
Take Off Your Brave: 5-Year-Old Twitter Poet Has A Book Out
Now five, Nadim is about to become Britain’s youngest commercially published author with a new book dedicated to those words, titled Take Off Your Brave. 
He first caught the poetry bug after being given a handout at nursery, mum Yasmine tells HuffPost UK. The handout included prompts from award-winning poet and teacher Kate Clanchy for parents to talk through with their kids.
One of them – “Think of a place where you put things down when you get home, make a list, then put down some feelings too” – got Nadim thinking.“Nadim was very willing to do this, not just because it was an imaginative exercise, but because there was a real power in seeing his words being put down on paper in front of him,” says Yasmin. “Afterwards, I read it out loud to him, and said, ‘you’ve made a poem!’ He was so proud of his creation, and willing to do another a few days later.”
Nadim’s love for poetry soon took off. He enjoyed responding to prompts from his mum, but increasingly, he’d ask her to write down a line unprompted, out of the blue. “Now that he can write on his own, it’s taking on new dimensions,” she says. Nadim’s move from amateur poet to published author was helped by Clanchy, who, when she’s not running the poetry club in her Oxford school, writes her own poetry – and shares other people’s. When she posted some of Nadim’s poems on Twitter, they proved an instant hit, with fans asking for more. 
Despite the complex language of some of his poetry, Yasmine insists it’s all written by Nadim with very little influence from her. “They are his own precise words verbatim written down,” she says. “When he first started he was still learning to write, so he orated them to me and I wrote them down word-for-word as he spoke them. Later he began to write them himself.”
In the past, Yasmine tried (and failed) to correct Nadim’s grammar in places, but the budding artist did not appreciate mum messing with his craft.
“If I do this he will insist his original word is reverted to,” she says. “Nadim can read, and he’s never liked his words rewritten, even if they’re being corrected!”The only influence of mum on the page is the line-breaks, Yasmine adds, inserted where Nadim took a pause or long breath. A lecturer in modern and contemporary world literature at the University of Reading, she hopes people will connect to the youthful energy of her son’s poems, and let themselves be a child for a moment as they see the world through his eyes.
“What I hope people will learn from the poems is that poetry is possible—it’s an open field, you’re allowed to play along and join in,” she says.
“I really hope other parents might think about ways they could sit down with their children and encourage them to try to make a poem too. It’s a liberating and empowering thing.” 
Take Off Your Brave by Nadim, introduced by Kate Clanchy and illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail, is published by Walker Books on May 6 (£12.99).READ MORE:This Teacher's Been Tweeting Her Kids' Poems And They're BrilliantEveryone Is Stunned By This Dyslexia Poem Written By A 10-Year-OldIf You Want To Get Into Poetry, Here's Where To StartI Danced With A Bunch Of Strangers On Zoom. You Should Try It
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Devin Booker Avoids Kardashian Kurse As Him and Kendall Mark One Year Anniversary | TMZ TV
June 16, 2021
Byruw-y8CDs
Lil Pump Says Migos Definitely Belongs on Rap's Mt. Rushmore | TMZ
June 16, 2021
e9hnkhJZEQM
Drake, Future Party with Gunna at His Celeb-Packed 28th Birthday Bash | TMZ TV
June 16, 2021
JL_sya_rn0o
The Production Design Behind 'Dickinson': Blending Classic With Contemporary
June 16, 2021
mxKXM8nYp-g
Billy Porter & Uzo Aduba on ‘Pose,’ ‘In Treatment,’ and Reinventing Typecasts | Actors on Actors
June 16, 2021
phyozCD894A
Jean Smart & Bowen Yang on the 'Iceberg' Sketch, 'Hacks' and 'Watchmen' | Actors on Actors
June 16, 2021
GV1BrKFClXg
Padma Lakshmi’s new beau revealed to be writer Terrance Hayes | Page Six Celebrity News
June 16, 2021
8rMCC3vQTuE
Emily Ratajkowski’s crop top is a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen | Page Six Celebrity News
June 16, 2021
_2cFIjD247I
Kelly Dodd, Braunwyn not returning to ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ | Page Six Celebrity News
June 16, 2021
C9mbrK_FdZw
"How It Ends" Official Trailer
June 17, 2021
yk5oPPu--3M
Jana Kramer Is Focused on Healing, Her Kids & Sold Wedding Ring | Daily Pop | E! News
June 17, 2021
0IsQ3Qb5kHg
Victoria's Secret Clips Angel Wings & Rebrands With Priyanka Chopra | Daily Pop | E! News
June 17, 2021
o3IXFZBlBGQ
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
19
Nov
ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group H
Sydney FC - Shanghai SIPG
17
Nov
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE A: Group Stage
Spain - Germany
14
Nov
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE A: Group Stage
Germany - Ukraine
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Liverpool
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Aston Villa
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Valencia - Real Madrid
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Verona
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Bromwich Albion - Tottenham Hotspur
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Bologna - Napoli
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Genoa - Roma
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Atalanta - Inter Milan
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Lazio - Juventus
08
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Bayer Leverkusen - Borussia Monchengladbach
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Leicester City - Wolves
08
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Wolfsburg - Hoffenheim
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Valladolid - Athletic Bilbao
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Levante - Alaves
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Sociedad - Granada CF
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Torino - Crotone
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Getafe - Villarreal
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund - Bayern Munich
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Everton - Manchester United
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Sheffield United
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Cadiz
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Real Betis
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Augsburg - Hertha Berlin
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Stuttgart - Eintracht Frankfurt
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
RB Leipzig - SC Freiburg
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Rotherham - Preston NE
07
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Parma - Fiorentina
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Watford - Coventry
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Norwich City - Swansea City
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Blackburn - QPR
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Derby County - Barnsley
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Huddersfield - Luton
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Nottingham Forest - Wycombe Wanderers
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Ham United - Fulham
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Sheffield Wednesday - Millwall
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Brentford - Middlesbrough
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Birmingham - Bournemouth
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Sevilla - Osasuna
07
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Benevento - Spezia
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Crystal Palace - Leeds
04
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group G
Ferencvaros - Juventus
04
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group G
Barcelona - Dynamo K.
03
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group A
Salzburg - Bayern Munich
03
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group D
Atalanta - Liverpool
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
zWJ3MxW_HWA L1eLanNeZKg i1XRgbyUtOo -g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.