Last week I attended a workshop facilitated by researchers of the pathways of women’s empowerment project. We were taught to write ‘stories of change’ inspired by non-fictional accounts (from case studies and interviews) of women’s lives. The group was led by Dr Mona Ali and the Egyptian writer Sahar El-Mougy who both run a project called “So Said the Storyteller” in which young women from Palestine, Egypt and Sudan come together to rewrite conventional folktales with a feminist edge. The workshop was a lot of fun and quite empowering. I even got to write my first short, short story which was not as bad as I had feared! To top it off I received these five books:
Inner Courtyard by the Urdu writer Khadija Mastur: the book was given to me by fellow participant and translator Neelam Hussain.
Two novels – In Dependence by Sarah Ladipo Manyinka and The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin and two children’s books – Eno’s Story and Mayowa and the Masquerades. All published by Cassava Republic and given to me by its dynamic founder and editor Bibi Bakare-Yusuf. I shall write more about Cassava Republic in the coming weeks.
Finally, an introduction. As most of you know, I blog from Ghana, West Africa. And while there are lots of bloggers in Ghana, I was beginning to feel that I was the sole book blogger in my country. Well, it turns out I’m not alone afterall :). Fellow Ghanaian book blogger Nana Fredua-Agyeman of ImageNations dropped by Kinna Reads last week . Here’s hoping to find more excellent book bloggers in Ghana.
So I’d glad to be back. A lot of happenings in the community. Savidge Reads announced a new book prize. And Amy Reads issued this warning about the upcoming week. Sounds very interesting, lots of debate ahead then.