Saraa Rain is a 23 year old performance poet from Nottingham.
She has written and performed poetry at festivals and events throughout the East Midlands including the Freedom Showcase at the Phoenix Arts, Leicester, Riverside Festival, Nottingham, and Nottingham University Afro-Caribbean Society Ball. She is also a member of Black Drop Poetry Collective, Nottingham.
In 2007 she won a £1,000 commission to write and perform a fifteen-minute piece of performance poetry for The Freedom Showcase, which was directed and produced by Melanie Abrahams founder of Renaissance One.
Since then Saraa Rain has been commissioned to write for various organisations including the New Arts Exchange, Nottingham for an event in memory of Ken Saro Wiwa and the Irish Momentum Project at Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham.
In September 2008, she was accepted onto the stepUP Programme during which she was mentored by Zena Edwards and gained experience in delivering poetry workshops during a placement at a Derby secondary school. She also collaborated with the four other performance poets on the programme including Serenah Cole and Native Mohamed to create a poetry/theatre piece the for stepUP Showcase Deda, Derby, which marked the culmination of the stepUP programme. Saraa’s style of writing is well known for its openness and honesty and often challenges social norms and ‘shared’ beliefs. Her writing has covered topics including relationships, sexuality, ‘femininity’, pressing social issues and racial identity especially the influence of her mixed race heritage.