Category: Travels

Ernest Mach Gymnasium – Hurth, Germany

Introduction It was wonderful to be hosted by Ernest Mach Gymnasium in Hurth. School of my German host, Frau Thekla Von Dubois. The largest group I ever had in one hall – 370 students and a dozen of English teachers. I was warmly welcomed and thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Students Input Two students retold my story…




Spreading Messages of Peace at Avinashilingam University For Women, Coimbatore, India

  Avinashilingam University For Women, Coimbatore, India   As an international writer and educationist I was in India to take part in Jaipur and Kerala literature festival and on a 5 city tour. In Coimbatore, in Tamil Nadu I was hosted by the Chancellor of the Avinashilingam Women University, Dr Krishna Kumar and in Kerala by…




Spreading Messages of Peace at the Kerala Literature Festival 2017

  Qaisra Shahraz took part in Kerala Literature festival. As a writer using her work to cultural bridge building & peace activist she assidously promoted messages of peace & harmony, using Faith Network 4 Manchester (FN4M) & Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) banner with its logo, ‘Spread Hummus Not Hate.’ Throughout her literary session entitled “My…




Kerala Literature Festival, Calicut, India – 2017

    I was delighted to take part in Kerala Literature festival. I had a wonderful time! My hosts were terrific, I loved meeting international writers  as well as the local Malaylis and those from around India. I was warmly welcomed, looked after and honored including taking part in the inauguration and lighting of one…




Jaipur Literature Festival 2017

Delighted to take part in Jaipur Literature Festival again. So exciting as festival is celebrating the 10th anniversary. My panel on the 23rd January 2017 with other writers called “Being the Other”.




Writers retreat: Weaving words – Peru

                        Looking forward to my writer’s retreat in Peru. Meeting wonderful fellow women writers from America. Weaving words together, energizing creative cells and exploring the Inca trails and Peruvian life.      




Didacta – The Education Book Fair – Cologne, Germany

I was delighted to attend the Didacta – the wonderful and prestigious German education book fair, very popular with teachers, publishers and parents. Few years ago I visited the fair in Stuttgart. I thoroughly enjoyed my day spent at the book fair and was so looked after by my publisher host, editors and teacher friends….




WOMEN’S DELEGATION TO SREBRENICA – Day 4

Sarajevo – Talk by our host, Resad Trbonja and Shopping tour of the city First thing in the morning we had a talk by our host Resad. He shared his poignant world with us living through the war in his youth. We found it listening to him fascinating and humbling.   Quotes by Resad: “ We…




WOMEN’S DELEGATION TO SREBRENICA – Day 3

Visit to Potocari Memorial Centre This is the day I was especially looking forward to, time to visit and pay our respect to the victims of the Bosnian genocide where over 8000 men and young boys were massacred over three days in and around Srebrenica. On the way we passed gorgeous countryside mountains and rivers, coated…




WOMEN’S DELEGATION TO SREBRENICA – Day 1

Introduction On 11 July, in 1995, Bosnian Serb forces, led by General Ratko Mladić, systematically massacred 8,372 men and boys. It was the greatest atrocity on European soil since the Second World War. These individuals are more than just a statistic; they were the fathers, husbands, sons and loved ones of those that were left…