Author, Journalist, Lecturer, Actress
Author of ‘The Last Living Slut: Born In Iran, Bred Backstage’: and the upcoming ‘The Lonely Epileptic’ (HarperCollins)
The Last Living Slut: a book of a childhood in the Iranian Revolution, Political Activity, War and the Persian dusk… bath-houses in twilight, child abuse, escape to England, racial violence, American rock stars, love, blood & abortion. Female sexuality which has always been saturated in a saccharine, florid coating and ensconced within wealth, material goods, and fairy tale-like settings, is raw and human here and unvarnished: More Henry Miller and Bukowski, never Anais Nin. This book is a performance of dissent in order to demonstrate how men are idolized for their sexuality whilst women are demonized for it.
The Lonely Epileptic: Being on a black list in Iran due to her writings, this is a journey throughout the Middle East to get illegally smuggled on a donkey through the Turkish mountains to her beloved Iran. Flashbacks to a life in the West on a sink estate, a life of domestic violence and segments of life with a mafia boss, what ensues when she reaches Iran is: Iranian sex parties, underground punk concerts, crystal meth in the Islamic Republic and film auditions, revolutionary guards, love and family.
Born in Iran, I was a child-revolutionary within a very politically active family. I was sent to England during the Iran/Iraq war at the age of 10. At 14 I wrote my first book ‘The Secret Garden’ about the street kids of Sao Paulo.
My love of academia has taken me to many universities and brought me to a political arena where I have had the opportunity to lecture on Sexual Politics and Gender Theory, and to speak at International Women’s Conferences on gender and cultural taboos.
As a human I am saturated in: Iran’s beauty, Michele Foucault, Victorian London, Transylvania, Oscar Wilde, Deconstruction, Judith Butler, Edith Piaf, Dylan Thomas, James Douglas Morrison, Leonard Cohen, animals and wildlife, Edinburgh’s underground city, Eric Cantona, Bette Davis, Ava Gardner, Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, The Rat Pack and feta cheese.
Every day I aim to battle phallogocentrism which is a contradiction to some of the above obsessions.