Somewhere To Believe In


Stories with Muneera Pilgrim

Season 2, Ep. 3

In the third episode of our second podcast series, Katherine and Paul welcome Bristol-based poet, theatre-maker and powerful storyteller, Muneera Pilgrim.

We hear about Muneera’s experiences growing up as a black woman in Bristol – and what it means for her to finally see the statue of you-know-who toppled. We also talk about Muneera’s unexpected faith journey: from repeatedly falling in and out of love with her Caribbean Christian roots, to eventually finding her home in Islam.

Above all else, Muneera’s infectious belief in the ability for art and storytelling to transform our lives gives us a much-needed shot of hope. 

Meanwhile, Katherine and Paul can’t help but laugh over the absurdity that is ‘Four Seasons Total Landscaping’, and we find out what Shakespeare, crosswords and scripture have in common.

Links, resources and episode timestamps (for all you skippers out there) below.



Muneera Pilgrim is a poet, cultural producer, writer and broadcaster, as well as co-founder of the Muslim female spoken word and hip-hop duos Poetic Pilgrimage and Nana Collective. Muneera conducts expressive-based, purpose-driven workshops, shares art, guest lectures, hosts and finds alternative ways to educate and exchange ideas. She regularly contributes to Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2, and she is currently an Associate Artist with The English Touring Theatre where she contributed to The Othello Project, and is writing a project that will be revealed in 2020.

Instagram: @muneera_pilgrim

Twitter: @MuniPilgrim 



Edward Colston statue toppled in Bristol 

Unicorns Have Nothing On Us by Muneera Pilgrim 

Marlon Thomas 


Othello Creative Response 


00:00 - Welcome to Somewhere To Believe In

00:20 - Katherine and Paul catch up

09:35 - Introducing Muneera Pilgrim and her work

10:24 - Muneera joins the conversation

10:35 - Muneera on Bristol

15:00 - Muneera on lockdown and inequality

18:13 - Muneera on storytelling

20:40 - Muneera on her influences

24:10 - Muneera on creativity

25:35 - Muneera on Marlon Thomas

29:18 - Muneera on faith and race

34:33 - Muneera on Islam

38:05 - Muneera on spirituality

40:40 - Muneera on Greenbelt

44:26 - Muneera on Othello

47:18 - Muneera on art

51:58 - Muneera on hope and motivation

55:00 - Katherine and Paul reflect on the conversation with Muneera

01:05:39 - Coming up next week

01:06:18 - How to get in touch with us

01:06:55 - Thank you’s


A huge thanks to the Greenbelt Volunteer Talks Team for all their hard work on editing this episode. Our podcast music is ‘I Can Change’ by Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.



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