Abdullahi Botaan Hassan ‘Kurweyne’ was born in Somalia in 1969 and started composing poems as a teenager. He came to London in 1998 and has become well known for his poems based on his experiences there. In 2003 he founded Soohan Somali Arts which works with Somali children in primary schools in Camden. His work incorporates Somali language and traditions, educating the public in the rich creativity, arts and culture of Somalia. He has led inspirational workshops described by students as ‘unforgettable’ and ‘supremely important’.