Shamshad Khan

Poet, Resilience & Success Coach


Resilience and Success Coaching

One-to-one sessions on all aspects of work and life success.

Coaching is a transformative process that empowers individuals to fulfil their potential and ambitions. Through a personalised programme,  you are supported to create your own achievable action plan and  inspired solutions. 

Creative writing workshops

Providing a friendly atmosphere that encourages creative writing and sharing of ideas. Sessions include reading poetry, creative writing and performance skills. Courses available for beginners and advanced writers. 


I offer mentoring in areas of my specialisms including: creative writing, performance, resilience and community engagement.

Community Development Services

Creating strategic collaborations with partners to inspire and strengthen communities. Including   research and consultation to engage diverse and excluded groups and individuals.

Other Services

  • Giving talks about poetry and the creative process 
  • Presenting and facilitating at conferences
  • Writing for radio, publication and for theatre 


“… although the word ‘inspirational’ is overused in everyday life, Shamshad’s work on the page and in person truly does claim that status, she is a wonderful role-model for young people who are starting to write themselves.”

“Shamshad is quick to grasp the strategic needs of an organisation and translate these into imaginative, practical solutions.  She understands the wider purpose of our projects and constantly surprises with smart, engaging programmes to deliver the project.  She charts a sensitive, innovative, inclusive path with her project partners. This always results in a project delivering far more than we ever expected at the start. “

“When I first saw Shamshad Khan read her poetry I was so moved that I haven’t stopped moving yet. I prayed to the god of poetry that her work would be put into print. Deliverance is sweet.”


Shamshad works with individuals and organisations using creative writing and coaching skills to empower and inspire. She pioneered and ran ‘Hard Rain Poetry’, a monthly local community creative writing and performance forum for over 7 years.

Shamshad’s poetry collection “Megalomaniac” is published by Salt Publishing (2007) and has been the set text on the English degree at Lancaster University. She has co-edited two anthologies of poetry, written and presented for BBC radio. She has featured on The Verb and at Ledbury, Ilkley and international Literature Festivals. Her work explores themes including human rights, love, power and identity. She has collaborated with directors, musicians, deaf signers and beatboxers. Shamshad has run workshops for universities, survivors of domestic violence and community groups. She co-wrote/directed The Moonwatcher a multimedia show that toured North West theatres (produced by The Horse and Bamboo Theatre, Feb-March 2018)).

Read more in the Bio page and explore the whole site to discover a selection of projects and publications from Shamshad.

Benefits of using my services

committed to community development

innovative and engaging workshops to meet your needs

experience of working with vulnerable and excluded individuals

statutory and voluntary sector experience

affordable rates with flexibility based on your resources

social and scientific research experience

post graduate certificate in education and behavioural sciences

familiar with National Curriculum requirements

Compassionate and wholehearted approach to creative writing and well-being.