Today I had the pleasure of running a creative writing workshop as part of our Outside The Frame Arts project exploring plays and poetry from Palestine and the diaspora. Engaging with the ‘Apna’ women’s collective of Haslingdon was truly enlightening as we discussed the writings of Palestinian author Khaled Jumma and powerful poetry by Dr Hanan Ashwari.
We critically engaged with the superb play by Palestinian-Irish playwright Hana Khalil called Plan D.
Themes raised and responded to included childhood, womanhood, home, loss and displacement and added to the rich discussion as some participants felt a connection with their own experiences. Many contemplated the access or lack of access we have to human stories. All were invited to create new pieces of work.
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Some time back I had the pleasure of sharing any poem that has been a friend to me with The Poetry Exchange at the beautiful John Rylands building in Manchester. I chose ‘On Children’ by Khalil Gibran. Heres why!
After last night’s workshop facilitated by Elmi Ali and I at Contact theatre as part of our Outside The Frame Arts project, I am still hearing on loop in my head, the amazing writing, dialogue and vision generated with the uber talented Young Identity group. We discussed the play ‘Handala’ by Abdelfatteh Abusarour and exchanged / created poetic story centred around the idea of ‘the promise’ – delving into themes of home, memory, imagination and displacement. A pleasure to be present among those with so much to say. Cannot wait for the follow up workshop with Young Identity next week!
Just a reminder we have another creative writing workshop shining a light on Palestinian plays and poetry coming up at Hard Rain Poetry on the 28th of November situated in Thairish Cafe in Levenshulme! Inbox email@example.com for more information and to register your attendance. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @Arts4Palestine and our blog firstname.lastname@example.org