Mohammed Barber is a poet, playwright, and author. He was shortlisted for the Box of Tricks Screen/Play Award 2020, had his work in progress play, The Choir, performed at the National Student Drama Festival 2021. His short story Rose and Lemongrass Tea was published in the international contemporary writing journal, Wasafiri.
‘The Gay Agenda’ satirises the homophobic ‘they’re shoving it down my throats’ by purporting the insidious homosexual agenda exists and is thriving.
“Because in truth we are, indeed, every … where. Structurally it parodies Churchill’s famous ‘we will fight them on the beaches’ speech, which I decided to yassify because we are fighting on multiple fronts from classrooms and bathrooms to parliament and faith spaces. The full poem slowly gets angrier, overturning the parody of earlier until it becomes a full-blown queer polemic.” Mohammed is currently working towards his debut poetry collection and a new play set in the Nazi ghetto, Terezin, in former Czechoslovakia.