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Qaisra Shahraz at Manchester Literature Festival

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Qaisra Shahraz at Manchester Literature Festival Hosted By Elizabeth Gaskell House

Event:  Manchester Literature Festival 11 October 2017 Date: Wed 11th Oct Time:  6.30pm – 9pm Venue: 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester, M13 9LW Tel: 0161 273 2215 View Event Details Qaisra Shahraz ‘The Concubine and the Slave Catcher’ As part of the Manchester Literature Festival Elizabeth Gaskell’s House is proud to welcome prize-winning British-Pakistani author Qaisra Shahraz on 11…

Building Cultural Bridges Through Literature – University of Cologne, Germany

Looking forward to my literary event at the university of Cologne in  Germany on the topic of: “Building Cultural Bridges Through Literature” Thank you to Dr Roman Bartosch and his wonderful literature team for their invite and for hosting me. My aim is to build cultural bridges through literature. I will talk about my novels, stories including…

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….


I had a great day visiting the University of Lancaster’s Modern Languages department to lead a workshop, hosted by the wonderful team and department director Dr. Robert Crawshaw, a personal friend and fan of my work. In support of a special project, entitled Author’s World, I enjoyed two lively sessions with the staff and students, who are working at different levels up to…


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…


I am now in Delhi, my second visit hosted by the prestigious JNU —  the campus covers miles!…

India February 2015

Date City Event Details Saturday 7th  Kolkata Kolkata Book Fair Milan Mela GroundEM Bypass Dhapa Kolkata – 700105 Sunday 8th Kolkata Kolkata Book Fair Panel discussion on ‘Fiction in time of Facebook’ 6pm KLF AuditoriumMilan Mela Ground EM Bypass Dhapa Kolkata – 700105 Monday 9th Kolkata Talk at the University of Jadavpur12pm – 1:30pm  …

Listen to Qaisra’s Interview

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Literary Tours: Building Cultural Bridges

Reading to students

St. Dominikus Mädchen, Karlsruhe

As a writer I have been extremely lucky to have reached an international audience. In the last few years I have travelled to many cities and countries; including Fiji, Ottawa, Jaipur, China, either as a participant at international literary festivals, book fairs or multiple city literary tours to promote new novels in different languages. The country that I have visited the most in the last ten years is Germany. This is all thanks to my short story ‘A Pair of Jeans’


Düsseldorf, Germany

This story, as explained in my previous blog, has been studied for the German ‘Abitur’ literature course in schools since 1991. It has led to numerous tours and school visits; including a visit to the prestigious Salem International College near Constance. Some schools have hosted me several times. It has been a marvellous experience indeed.

In the last few years, ‘A Pair of Jeans’ has opened out a whole new world to me both on a personal and a professional level, leading to many new friendships: with reading tours, teacher training seminars, and even the writing of a literary guide book for German teachers, ‘Emerging India Study Guide’. It has been an excellent two-way traffic. Whilst I fell in love with Germany, marvelling at the beautiful churches, well-kept cemeteries, sophisticated ICE trains, and the breath taking beauty of rural landscapes, I introduced my German friends to my home city of Manchester: a wonderful, multicultural world of settled migrant communities, thriving harmoniously together, where integration is the aspired norm not assimilation.

Neuenbuerg Gymnasium

The story has become a vehicle, actively engaging me in robust discussions with an audience of often up to two hundred 17-to-18-year-old German students and their teachers, on a number of topics ranging from migration, integration, veiling, Islam phobia, racism, terrorism, arranged marriages, etc. This interaction is mutually welcomed and appreciated, giving me the platform to explain, describe, challenge, and raise awareness. Above all to build inter-cultural bridges; pressing home the message of the need to understand and respect other faiths and cultures and to look beyond the western.

Lise-Meitner-Gymnasium, Lverkusen

Lise-Meitner-Gymnasium, Lverkusen

This week I am touring the Ruhr Valley of Eastern Germany and am Düsseldorf being hosted by Deutsch-Englische Gesellschaft Ruhr e.V. I’ll be visiting the beautiful cities of Essen, Düsseldorf, Munster as well as Schwerin. This time it’s not the schools that I’ll be paying a visit to but the general public and adult readers who are interested in literature. Again I look forward to the inter-cultural dialogue and interaction with my German hosts and guests.I will be reading from and discussing my ‘A Pair Of Jeans’, ‘The Holy Woman’, ‘Typhoon’ and ‘Revolt’.

This blog was written for Hope Road Publishing and can be found on their website where the collection ‘A Pair Of Jeans’ can also be purchased.