Category: Germany 2015

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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…



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Germany Tour, 3rd March 2015 It was an honour to visit Gaesdonck Collegium Gustinianum, a prestigious old boarding school dating back centuries. I thoroughly enjoyed a meal in the old dining room with the principal, my host Dorothea Heyder and with other teachers. Dorothea was a fantastic host and helped to arrange my visits to other…



LEAVING XANTEN

  Leaving the Roman town of Xanten, where I have had a fabulous time hosted by Dorothee Heyder and Marianne, and six schools around the region. This morning an article was printed about me in the local newspaper NRZ (Neider Rhein Zeitung), covering one of my literary events at the Xanten Rathaus (town hall). Entitled, Talk to Us: So That We Can Understand…




BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN CULTURES

An article by Dorothee Heyder about my German tour (in German and translated into English), which features on http://www.rathaus-xanten.de/salisbury Brücken bauen zwischen Kulturen Einen authentischen Blick in eine ganz andere Welt – den eröffnet uns die britische Autorin Qaisra Shahraz, wenn sie im März für eine Woche den Niederrhein im Rahmen einer literarischen Lesereise besuchen wird….




DUISBERG GRANDE MOSQUE

Yesterday evening, I had the pleasure of visiting the Grande Mosque of Duisburg with my host, Dorothee Heyder. What a splendid building it is! I was delighted to find that it also has a cultural centre and café where people can mix and attend interfaith meetings. Dusiburg is home to many migrant communities, largely Turkish, and this influence is…




DUISBERG

  I was fortunate to visit a very special school in the industrial city of Duisberg. It is a special school in that it excels in challenging racism by promoting diversity and awareness. I had a great time interacting with the students and teachers, many of whom share my world of multiple identities. The pupils are…



KREFELD MONTESSORI

I had the pleasure of visiting a special school in Krefeld — I have always wanted to visit a Montessori. What a wonderful experience! The children were so involved, and we enjoyed an interactive session with lots of questions. Three students even retold my story, A Pair of Jeans, in their own words, and they all did…




XANTEN

Last night’s visit to the Rathaus in Xanten was for a reading. The group of 50 adults and myself enjoyed a lively discussion about writing and literature, and many other topics including my life as a Muslim woman living in the West, the current challenges we all  face, the notion of freedom of speech, and extremism. I also read from…




KREFELD

I had a wonderful time during my visit with students at the Gyymnasium am Stadtpark in -. They were a joy – so responsive students – and three even came on stage to discuss my book, A Pair of Jeans & Other Stories.  




TODAY: XANTEN & WESEL

Today, I am travelling to Xanten to visit the grammar school Städtisches Stiftsgymnasium, and later to Wesel for a lecture at the Konrad-Duden-Gymnasium….


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