Spoken Word Artist, Poet and Writer, Behind the Netra
Jaspreet Kaur is a spoken word artist from East London focused on gender issues, historical topics, taboo subjects and positive social change in both the Asian community and wider society. By day, Jaspreet is a secondary school History and Sociology teacher, with an academic background in both history and gender studies. Her work tackles issues related to gender discrimination, mental health stigma, the postcolonial immigrant experience, and more. She has now taken a break from teaching to focus on her journey as a writer, poet and performer.
Over the last two years and by the age of twenty seven, Jaspreet has performed all around the UK, including the 2018 Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, Theatre Royal London, Oxford University, London City Hall, the House of Lords, Trafalgar Square, and Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Her TEDx London Talk ‘How Poetry Saved My Life’ to an audience of 1200 people explored how the power of words gave her the confidence to overcome her own mental health struggles. As well as performing poetry, Behind the Netra also provides workshops and motivational talks for all ages.
Her creativity has also led Behind the Netra to opportunities such as featuring in a short film with Idris Elba, appearing regularly on the BBC and Sunday Morning Live and working with the UN on the HeforShe Campaign. Jaspreet is also a Senior Judge for the Queen’s Essay Competition 2018 and 2019, and an ambassador for The Girls’ Network, Time to Change and Binti International. In 2020, Jaspreet will also be a Ben Pimlott Writer in Residence at Birkbeck University and an Artist in Residence with the Spine Festival, led by Apples and Snakes.
It’s been an incredible journey for Behind the Netra, winning the Asian Women of Achievement Award by Women of the Future in the Arts and Culture category, winning the ‘We Are The City’ Rising Star Award for her work in Education and Academia, being shortlisted for the National Diversity Award for being a Positive Role Model and finally being voted one of the Top 10 Inspirational Sikh Women in the UK. Jaspreet has also become an ambassador for Binti International, a charity on a mission to tackle menstruation stigma and period poverty around the world.
She is currently working on her debut book, Brown Girl Like Me, a narrative non-fiction exploring what it means to be a Brown, British Feminist in this new decade. The book was recently signed by the world-renowned publisher, Pan Macmillan, and is set to release in Autumn 2021.