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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…




WOMEN’S DELEGATION TO SREBRENICA – Day 2

Medica Zenica On the second day we had the privilege of visiting Medica Zenica, a women therapy center for survivors of war and rape victims and meeting the wonderful Director, Dr. Sabiha Husić who manages this very special place. The NGOs we met with are very prominent organizations that work with women victims of war trauma and…




Celebrating Chinese New Year with the Chinese Community at Manchester Grammar School

Activities I was delighted to celebrate the Chinese new year activities with my wonderful friend, Jenny Wang, Director of the Chinese center in Manchester who invited me. As always she hosted a brilliant event. It was great to visit my sons’ former school – Manchester Grammar – who were hosting the event. Bob Day (…




Celebrating Chinese New Year with the Buddhist Community at Fo Guang Shan Temple

It was a pleasure and privilege to join the Buddhist community in their celebration of the Chinese new year, the Year of the Monkey at the Fo Guang Shan Temple. I was invited by the delightful venerable Miao Dao from Taiwan, who heads the temple. A good friend, it was marvelous to spend time with her and…




UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS – MANILA 2015- BLOG 2

VISIT TO THE UNIVERSTY CREATIVE WRITING CENTRE AND THE ARCHIVES LIBRARY Building It was a  privilege to visit to the University of Santo Tomas on 21st October. My wonderful host Dr. Joyce Arriola took me on a tour of the campus. I was delighted to visit the wonderful library which houses the famous archives centre with archives dating…




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 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…




Goch 2

Germany Tour, 3rd March 2015 I had a great experience at Gaesdonck Collegium Gustinianum which included spending time with students. It was wonderful to meet and interact with over 100 students in the large auditorium . I shared the stage with two of the students who discussed my story ‘A Pair of Jeans’. Always a…