Category: Writing Diaries

A LOVELY LITERARY EVENING IN ISLAMABAD

I was hosted by my wonderful friend, Najeeba, and her husband, Arif, both of whom I have known for over two decades. What a lovely evening it was, and such a treat for me to visit their lovely home (I was quite taken with their wall-to-wall book-lined study), and meeting all their family. Relaxing over a wonderful lime and mint drink, we sampled all the gorgeous…




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A DAY OF WRITING

Here, for a change – after attending and hosting so many iftars – I am enjoying a quiet day at home, just writing and spending time with my wonderful characters. Why are they wonderful? Because I adore them – after all, I gave birth to them. However, they are all languishing because of their creator’s unintentional neglect!…




Researching My New Novel in Morocco

Writing the latest novel, set in Morocco and Paris, has both been a challenging and an enjoyable process. My research first began in Paris early last year by a visit to the Arab quarter with its Tunisian sweet shops. In May, I headed down to the continent of Africa to Morocco – with the aim of totally immersing…



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…



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…



Writing Diaries – Morocco

10th May 2014 I am on a train, travelling back to Marrakesh. It’s time to go home. My wonderful friends and hosts in Rabat accompanied me to the station and saw me off. I amreflecting on what a wonderful week it has been – spending it with two such hospitable families in Khemisset and Fes. They took me everywhere, introduced me to…



Writing Diaries in Morocco

This evening- thanks to my wonderful hosts I had the pleasure and privilege of visiting two real villages. One ‘Dayt Roumi’ was a rather upmarket one, with a gorgeous lake in the middle, a café, even a hotel and houses of all sorts dotted around it. Another was a traditional village with a real farmhouse…




Al – Meknes, Morocco

Yesterday evening saw the fabulous sites of this historical city of Morocco. Highlight – the granaries-the huge fort like building with its huge halls (see picture with hall with yellow roof) where the king Ismail Boulay kept his grain and with clever systems of water purification were great. My host Nada Bouayad and her family…



Writing Diaries 9

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…




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…