Laila wrote a play for her nursery group when she was three, then moved into poetry and has not turned back. She now performs regularly in London and is working on putting together her first pamphlet.
As part of the Keats House Poet’s Forum, she perform monthly at the poet’s home in Hampstead and the collective are collaborating with museums across the capitol as part of the “Stories of the World” Cultural Olympics project. Laila has lead poetry workshops and performed at the Hamswell Festival in Bath, White Night festival in Brighton and opened the Keats House Festival, reading alongside Anne Marie Fyfe and Benjamin Zephaniah.
She recently hosted a poetry and human rights event at the “Humanitea Rooms” and finds a lot of her work reflects on themes of identity and rights. Laila is currently involved in an eclectic range of ongoing projects including running workshops for young people at the Museum of Transport and documenting war anecdotes from Bosnian survivors through her work with Most Mira, an art and reconciliation NGO.