Monday, 8 November 2010


I popped into the Arooj Creative Writing workshops this morning at the Civic Hall...

My colleague Pauline Rosenthal had asked me to see if I could attend these sessions. Arooj (an Urdu word, loosely translated as ‘pinnacle of success’) consists of creative writing workshops, in which children will participate in sessions led by world-class writers and performers of Muslim heritage. These workshops aim to introduce young people to role models who will help them develop their talents, give them confidence to become front-runners in their chosen fields, and foster a desire for life-long learning. The students will be coached by acclaimed writers including John Siddique and their efforts will be celebrated at an awards event next term. The children will be also be encouraged to submit their work to the Muslim Writers Awards.

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