One of Western Australia’s Treasures

I spent a lovely morning at the very famous writer’s centre, PCWC, named after the Western Australian writer Peter Cowan, grandson of  Australia’s first female parliamentarian Edith Cowan. I read from Revolt, The Holy Woman, and Typhoon, enjoyed a Q&A with the audience, and signed books. The library is a fantastic place – the original writing



Wonderful Town. Wonderful Hosts

           Tonight I was at the University of Western Australia to talk about my work and read from my novels. This evening kicked off the first of a weekend of events for the CMSS Lecture Tour: Building Cultural Bridges Through Literature.  (Click for details).  I am loving Perth – what a wonderful town



Building Bridges in Perth

This Friday and Saturday, Qaisra will be in Perth to take part in guest author talks and the CMSS Lecture Tour: Building Cultural Bridges Through Literature. She will talk about her work, read from her novels, and discuss her life in Manchester, growing up as a migrant in Britain with multiple identities, and how and why her country



Half the Sky: The Need to Educate Girls & Women

Qaisra took part in a panel to help improve literacy levels for girls and women in developing countries: “Teaching one woman to write her name for the first time is equivalent to another woman’s PhD. But the problem is so big that it requires cultural change to extinguish completely.”



Enjoying Byron Bay Writers Festival

I am literally on the other side of the world! Arrived at the Byron Bay Writers Festival this afternoon and met up with the world-famous Jeanette Winterson, a wonderful lady who also lives in Manchester. We enjoyed an excellent party – great place, great food, and great views of the Pacific Ocean. I also got to catch



Books That Changed Me

Last night Qaisra was a guest on The Drum on ABC TV. Ahead of her panel session at the Byron Bay Bay Writers’ Festival, this Saturday (see previous post) the Sydney Morning Herald ask Qaisra about the books that changed her life.



Women, Words & Wisdom

Very glad to be taking part in panel at this wonderful event! A cast of fabulous women will highlight issues affecting women globally at the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival. Saturday’s session titled Half The Sky: The Need to Educate Girls and Women, to be chaired by Susan Wyndham, Literary Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald,



Qaisra Shahraz Promotes Integration in Australia

Qaisra travels to Perth, Western Australia, for a series of readings, talks and discussions on such topics as equality, religious tolerance, immigration, cultural plurality and women’s issues. ”I want to tell people about normal law-abiding Muslims like me who have integrated well into Western society but at the same time have a faith they love.



Australia Events

This summer Qaisra Shahraz will be flying out to Australia for a tour jam-packed with literary events. Yes, it amazes us all at QS headquarters too. How does this superwoman do it all? So, here’s the list of all her tour stops. If you’re popping along to see Qaisra on the other side of this world,



Writing Diaries Morroco

29th June 2014 The first day of Ramadhan – the first fast- and returning to the novel after weeks away…busy with inspections after inspections. I feel terrible at having neglected my novel and characters for so long. But it could not be helped. What a day it is…I can’t believe how easy it has been to