Yamam Nabeel: A London Minute
Born in Baghdad in 1976, and made “enemy of the state” at 8 months old due to his father’s anti-regime stance, Yamam Nabeel was exiled at aged four. Travelling around the world with his family for a year and a half, before settling in Hungary for 11 years, made the concept of being an outsider the norm for Nabeel.
Moving to England at 16, arriving not speaking a word of English, Nabeel used the theme of exile in his writing from a very early age. Published at 17, working as a television producer from 21, and changing careers again at 28 to become a social entrepreneur using sport as a platform for education and development of young people in conflict zones, Nabeel had always found a purpose close to his heart in everything he’s done.
As a the son of a poet and an academic Nabeel was brought up surrounded by writers, poets, artists and photographers in an age of culture – the 1980’s. His influences come from his Arabic heritage, his Hungarian upbringing and from being a Londoner.
“I need to feel the soul in everything” – Yamam Nabeel
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