Ruqayya Shaheed is a Trinidadian-Pakistani young woman based in Dubai.
After graduating from University as valedictorian and gold medalist in 2013, with a BBA (Hons) degree in marketing, Ruqayya returned to university to complete her MBA.
Introduced to poetry at an early age by her late father, himself an aspiring poet, Ruqayya has had a profound love for words ever since. Growing up she was particularly inspired by Still I Rise by Maya Angelou and Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven and A Dream Within a Dream – poems, she says, “Somehow felt they were written for me.”
Nocturnal Hours is Ruqayya’s first book. A follow-up is underway.