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Celebrating International Women’s Week – ‘WONDER WOMEN’ – People’s History Museum

On 4th March 2016, 6pm at the People’s History Museum it was a real pleasure to take part in a diverse panel with a group of women of all backgrounds in an event part of ‘Wonder Women’ festival. Our topic for discussion was “What are we chaining ourselves to the railings for today ?”. Different reasons were…




Day 3 – University of Santo Tomas – APWT Conference 2015 – Manila

Visit to Santo Tomas museum. Visit to the museum of University of Santo Tomas. We had a fabulous time in visiting this museum on the university campus. We had a wonderful time looking at the artifacts in the university museum. Shown around by beautifully dressed young woman, students from the university. We watched three short Filipino…




Day 3 – De La Salle University – APWT Conference 2015 – Manila

It was a pleasure visiting this prestigious De La Salle University our 2nd host in the morning of Day 3. Like the University of Philippines they were fantastic hosts offering marvelous hospitality. Preliminary morning session with readings from the work of famous Filopino authors  by hosts and all standing up to the national anthem of the…




Day 2 – APWT Conference 2015 – Manila

Preliminary morning session with a keynote riveting speech-by Romesh Gunesekera ‘”Fiction: A Dangerous Art?” focusing on writing, role of writers, the ups and downs of a writing life and the world of publishing. Hugely riveting. Introduced by Chair of APWT Nury Vittachi. Panels and workshop – range of topics including on “Creating timeless verse”, “Pitching…




Day 1 – APWT Conference 2015 – Manila

The annual gathering of writers and translators from around the world took place in the University of the Philippines. A wonderful event with keynote speeches, panels, workshops, book launches and dinners and lots of opportunity to network for everyone. Lily Rose Tope was our perfect hostess from the preliminary session on Thursday till the farewell…




APWT Conference 2015 – Manila

I am travelling to the other side of the world to wonderful Manila to take part in our annual APWT conference. Really looking forward to meeting my friends from around the world – writers and translators. I know its going to be a terrific conference with lots of exciting panels and speakers, creative writing workshops,…




AN EVENING WITH A BRITISH WRITER

See all the details in this beautiful poster created by students at the International Islamic University of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur for my session, An Evening With a British Writer, Monday 19 October, 8pm.  See the previous post for my morning session.




Combating Anti-Muslim Hatred Through Literature

I am delighted with the magnificent posters created by students at the International Islamic University of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur for my forthcoming events. See details for my session, Combating Anti-Muslim Hatred in the West Through Literature, Monday 19 October, 10.00am- 12pm, and the next post for my evening session.




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…