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Writer Profile – Yahye Sheikh-Abdi

In 2019, the Centre for Stories selected a number of emerging writers to be involved in a 12-month mentoring program. The Inclusion Matters Mentoring Program, funded by the Copyright Agency and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, allows writers to improve their craft, to work in a supportive community, and to be paired with a well-established mentor. Both programs are designed for people living in Western Australia who identify as culturally and linguistically diverse.

Yahye is a poet and writer with a passion for giving back to the community through volunteering and serving. As well as being a big family-man, Yahye is spending time with Vivienne Glance navigating the world of poetry and writing thanks to our Inclusion Matters Mentoring Program. Get to know Yahye below.


A portrait of Yahye. He is looking at away from the camera and has a calm look on his face.
Photo: Chris Gurney

Please introduce yourself.

My name is Yahye Sheikh-Abdi and I was born in Somalia. My name is from a place called the Ogaden region. I have lived in Australia since the age of nine. I am married with four daughters. My passions are community service, history, and writing poems and short stories.

What have you been working on during the Mentoring Program?

I have being working on two short stories and a number of poems.

What has it been like working with your mentor, Vivienne Glance?

My mentor, Vivienne, has been fantastic and helpful. She has opened my mind to how I can enrich my writing and improve my practice.

A portrait of Yahye looking directly at the camera. His face is relaxed and calm.
Photo: Chris Gurney

Has your writing style, practice, or vocation changed since the beginning of your Mentorship?

Yes, it has since my mentor has given me techniques and self management tips.

When you’re not writing, what are you doing?

Serving and volunteering in the community. Spending time with my family. Working on myself in regards to up-skilling.

What have you been doing to get involved with the writing community?

Going to writing/poetry events and performing in open mic events.

What are your goals for 2020?

I would like to complete a work for publication. I would also like to build on a network around Perth–and the world.

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