“What If It Were You?”

Publisher: Shepheard-Walwyn (2019)

All funds paid to the author will go to the non-profit organisation The Grandmother Project, which works to protect girls in Senegal from FGM and child marriage and keep them in secondary education.


A child bride paralysed by fear, a man trapped in a life of slavery, a couple imprisoned for simply loving one another, a woman who refuses to bow to social pressure. For many, such nightmares are unimaginable: however, across the world, these struggles are all too real.

These evocative poems draw back the curtain on the men, women and children who suffer in silence, giving a voice to those whose rights, freedom and wellbeing are so often compromised. The hard-hitting realism of Arif-Fear’s poetry uncovers the reality of child marriage, modern slavery, female genital mutilation and many other forms of abuse, and presents such issues in a way which is direct and uncompromising.

The subject matter ranges from women struggling to break free from restrictive socio-cultural norms, to communities in conflict and under repressive rule. Social cohesion and justice are often compromised in the name of religion, culture or for financial and/or political reasons. Arif-Fear uses her wealth of experience campaigning for human rights and a more just society to express these global injustices through poetry based upon real people and real issues.

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Actress Helen George reads the poem “Angel beneath the Ground” at the Amnesty UK Festival of Social Justice (2021).


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She Speaks We Hear

Submitted for the People’s Book Prize (Fiction, summer 2019)

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1. Jessica on July 1, 2019 at 10:47 am
Awesome book which I read and I lent it to my friends to read. Reading it I was so moved!!!!

2. Jessica Maden on July 1, 2019 at 10:48 am
I would recommend this book to anyone with a heart and spiritual mind.

3. Marna Williams on July 3, 2019 at 11:08 pm
Amazing collection which touches the heart in so many ways.

4. Stephen Hoffman on July 4, 2019 at 6:39 am
A book putting you in the footsteps of those who have survived despite horrifying experiences.

5. Alexandra SALINASOVA on July 19, 2019 at 3:57 pm
Everyone should read this book, especially “What if it were you”. It really is a wake-up call. Most of us are too fast asleep.

6. Jennifer Smith on July 23, 2019 at 12:39 pm
Simply beautiful and inspirational.

7. Ade Couper on July 25, 2019 at 2:41 pm
This book hits you right in the heart. Buy it. Read it.

8. Jessica Maden on August 8, 2019 at 12:52 pm
What an amazing book.
Whenever I feel low I look at the book.
Its about strength, courage, fearlessness and determination to do the right thing.

9. Lauranne on August 11, 2019 at 9:00 pm
Hits your heart, hits your soul… a voice for those who have been silenced…

10. India Gibson on August 15, 2019 at 7:53 am
What an awesome book and have read it a few times over. Love the way Liz expresses each word and touches the spirit.

11. Daisy Ybanez on August 15, 2019 at 7:59 am
Love the book and the words touched my heart. I have lend the book to a few of my friends too.

12. Anonymous on August 21, 2019 at 10:28 am
Not a comfortable but an inspiring and heartfelt read. The poetry is beautiful and the list of further organisations dealing with the issues raised very useful.

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