Writing Diaries 5

Writing Diaries is my current blog where you can follow how I am getting on with writing my latest novel, provisionally named The Henna Painter. I hope to be posting every so often- so you’ll be getting live updates on my progress and perhaps even a sneak peak here or there of the actual manuscript when it’s in a



Schwerin Castle, Germany

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Germany and thought I would share my experiences and what I had learnt. Alongside my lectures, I had the opportunity to tour the cities of the Ruhr Valley and Schwerin with friends and hosts. At the top of my sightseeing was the majestic building of Schwerin Castle. Situated on



Mandalay Day 4

Day of sightseeing.  Golden Monastries, Royal palaces, watch towers and the greatest of all treats on this visit. The Kuthoda ‘Book’ Pagoda. What a place!  With 729 little white temples in acres of land- housing life sizes pages from the Buddhist Holy Book inscripted on tall tablets. Hence the title of ‘Biggest Book in the World’. I




Irrawaddy Literature Festival

Mandalay 3rd day. Fabulous end to the Irrawady literature festival, with more lively and enjoyable sessions, speeches, gala dinner, interactions, including the appearance of one of the sons of Burmese prince, come to attend a session about his grandfather, the former deposed king of Burma. Dances and puppetry ended it.  The venue of Mandalay Hills Resort Hotel




Irrawaddy Literature Festival

We thought we’d share some of our images gathered here in Mandalay , Myanmar from Irrawaddy Literature Festival 2014. Comment, review, share and tweet (note: we love tweeting but the world of twitter can be very distracting) with all the usual social media widgets found on various locations of this wonderful webpage. Blog sharing experiences




Writing Diaries 5

Writing Diaries is my current blog where you can follow how I am getting on with writing my latest novel, provisionally named The Henna Painter. I hope to be posting every so often- so you’ll be getting live updates on my progress and perhaps even a sneak peak here or there of the actual manuscript when it’s in a



Revolt Kindle Deal

We have some great news to share! Qaisra Shahraz’s third novel, ‘Revolt’ is today’s Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal. ‘Revolt’ has reached number three on the Amazon Bestseller List for ‘Literary Fiction’ just this morning. For a limited time only ‘Revolt’ is on offer for £1.09. Get downloading for a great read and at a bargain price too.




Writing Diaries 4

Writing Diaries is my current blog where you can follow how I am getting on with writing my latest novel, provisionally named The Henna Painter. I hope to be posting every so often- so you’ll be getting live updates on my progress and perhaps even a sneak peak here or there of the actual manuscript when it’s in a



An Afternoon With Qaisra Shahraz

WATERSTONE’S MANCHESTER DEANSGATE SATURDAY 1st MARCH 2014 1:30PM Please note that the literary event will begin at an earlier time of 1:30pm and not 2:00pm to accommodate for special guest Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Naeem Ul Hassan and a special performance from a dear friend Gemma Moffat. TICKETS £3 AVAILABLE IN STORE OR BY




Literary Tours: Building Cultural Bridges

Reading to students

St. Dominikus Mädchen, Karlsruhe

As a writer I have been extremely lucky to have reached an international audience. In the last few years I have travelled to many cities and countries; including Fiji, Ottawa, Jaipur, China, either as a participant at international literary festivals, book fairs or multiple city literary tours to promote new novels in different languages. The country that I have visited the most in the last ten years is Germany. This is all thanks to my short story ‘A Pair of Jeans’

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Düsseldorf, Germany

This story, as explained in my previous blog, has been studied for the German ‘Abitur’ literature course in schools since 1991. It has led to numerous tours and school visits; including a visit to the prestigious Salem International College near Constance. Some schools have hosted me several times. It has been a marvellous experience indeed.

In the last few years, ‘A Pair of Jeans’ has opened out a whole new world to me both on a personal and a professional level, leading to many new friendships: with reading tours, teacher training seminars, and even the writing of a literary guide book for German teachers, ‘Emerging India Study Guide’. It has been an excellent two-way traffic. Whilst I fell in love with Germany, marvelling at the beautiful churches, well-kept cemeteries, sophisticated ICE trains, and the breath taking beauty of rural landscapes, I introduced my German friends to my home city of Manchester: a wonderful, multicultural world of settled migrant communities, thriving harmoniously together, where integration is the aspired norm not assimilation.

Neuenbuerg Gymnasium

The story has become a vehicle, actively engaging me in robust discussions with an audience of often up to two hundred 17-to-18-year-old German students and their teachers, on a number of topics ranging from migration, integration, veiling, Islam phobia, racism, terrorism, arranged marriages, etc. This interaction is mutually welcomed and appreciated, giving me the platform to explain, describe, challenge, and raise awareness. Above all to build inter-cultural bridges; pressing home the message of the need to understand and respect other faiths and cultures and to look beyond the western.

Lise-Meitner-Gymnasium, Lverkusen

Lise-Meitner-Gymnasium, Lverkusen

This week I am touring the Ruhr Valley of Eastern Germany and am Düsseldorf being hosted by Deutsch-Englische Gesellschaft Ruhr e.V. I’ll be visiting the beautiful cities of Essen, Düsseldorf, Munster as well as Schwerin. This time it’s not the schools that I’ll be paying a visit to but the general public and adult readers who are interested in literature. Again I look forward to the inter-cultural dialogue and interaction with my German hosts and guests.I will be reading from and discussing my ‘A Pair Of Jeans’, ‘The Holy Woman’, ‘Typhoon’ and ‘Revolt’.

This blog was written for Hope Road Publishing and can be found on their website where the collection ‘A Pair Of Jeans’ can also be purchased.