Jasmine Ann Cooray is a poet, performer, facilitator and host. She has performed her work widely around the UK and in parts of South East Asia, in venues ranging from pubs to museums, from spotlit stages to fields full of ravers, from classrooms to conference rooms. Her work is known for its combination of craft, vivid imagery, emotional depth and humour, and for its close study of challenging human experience. She has explored themes of loss, dual heritage, the working world, adolescence, gender inequality, sexuality and mental illness. Her debut pamphlet, everything we don’t say, was published with Tall Lighthouse in 2009.
Jasmine spent 6 months in 2013 as the Writer in Residence at the National University of Singapore, curating local events and working with the University’s student body, and in 2015 was selected for a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship, hosted by literature development agency Spread The Word. During her tenure, she worked with Mimi Khalvati to develop her upcoming full collection of poetry, Elders of the Pot, and also began working with aerial arts charity Upswing on a collaborative piece, Are You There? The piece combines poetry and aerial dance to explore what it means to trust.
Jasmine is also also training in integrative psychotherapy and works as a volunteer counsellor for mental health charities in London. Taken from her website http://www.jasmineanncooray.com/