Orin Begum

Orin Begum is a corporate finance lawyer working in an international law firm in London, after having graduated with a law degree from the University of Oxford. She stumbled into poetry in her final year of university as a way to address her experiences of being a South Asian Muslim woman in a predominately white middle class university. In order to keep up with her love for spoken word poetry despite her hectic work schedule, she performs regularly at the Yoniverse Collective’s ‘Golden Tongues’ poetry night. Her poetry is inspired by the struggles and strength of South Asian women, her experiences with colourism and body shaming in her own community and the complications of growing up as a 1.5 generation immigrant in a council estate in East London. Outside of work and poetry, Orin works with various social mobility charities as a mentor to help increase access to the top jobs in the City for people of colour and those from less privileged socio-economic backgrounds.