Tag: Bridge-Building & Promoting Inter-cultural Dialogue Through Literature

Qaisra Shahraz at Manchester Literature Festival in Elizabeth Gaskell House

Elizabeth Gaskell House It was great to take part in Manchester Literature Festival and to launch my new book “The Concubine and the Slave Catcher”. I was doubly delighted to be hosted in Gaskell House, home of one of my favourite women writers – Elizabeth Gaskell. It was a thrilling experience indeed to sit on…




Ernest Mach Gymnasium – Hurth, Germany

Introduction It was wonderful to be hosted by Ernest Mach Gymnasium in Hurth. School of my German host, Frau Thekla Von Dubois. The largest group I ever had in one hall – 370 students and a dozen of English teachers. I was warmly welcomed and thoroughly enjoyed my visit. Students Input Two students retold my story…




Interfaith Twinning Event at Withington Girls’ School – Spreading Peace & Hummus

It was a pleasure visiting Withington Girls’ School in Manchester for our season of twinning event. Over 100 Muslim and Jewish girls with their teachers and sixth form prefects attended a session led by myself and Jonny Wineberg. This was one of the five schools who benefited from the celebratory #SpreadHummusNotHate initiative to promote messages of peace,…




International Islamic University, Islamabad

I am delighted to announce that, in conjunction with the Foundation University English Programs (DH&LA), I  will be visiting the Department of English, Female Campus, International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) from the 24th to 26th August. All students and faculty are invited and will be seated on a first come, first served basis.       Monday 24th August: An Introduction to Qaisra…