Monday, 30 April 2012

Centre Update

Dear All

I hope you are all well!

Thank you all so much for expressing an interest in the Centre and I know that step by step it is going to be a wonderful and inspirational place for us all.

Just to update you, for the present time the Centre is event based only ( at a later date it will be open daily as a space for writers to sit, write, read and share), please keep looking here and the Facebook page for details of upcoming events and updates.

The Menu of what is on offer is on the tab above and if you are interested in Membership or have any questions, please contact me.

Many, many thanks.


Hug the Word Then Kiss It Free

Hello Dear Writers and Enthusiasts of The Word

Nabeela Akhtar has written a review of the launch party and her blog is well worth looking at for her other articles;

Thanks Nabeela!!  :))

Friday, 27 April 2012

Account of the Launch Party by Reine Naggar

Have you ever seen a cat eating jam? I had not till yesterday. My cat Mitsy who lived for  16 years, ate foul medames,boiled courgettes and even raw carrots but never jam.
A few days ago we were preparing for this special event. It was a cool summer evening and we were on the roof of a hotel in el Azhar, a very crowded but history rich discrict of Cairo.
A group of young artists were meeting to interact together to read poetry and prose, sing songs, and play musical instruments. There was a side table containing drinks, snacks and some chocolate and jam cookies.
While everyone was busy listening to the performers, an apricot coloured cat that had been roaming around in a friendly manner, decided to jump on the table and started systematically licking the jam off the cookies.
She was quite offended when I hurried to carry her down and place her on the floor. Thinking that she was very hungry, I took the few cookies she had licked, broke them into tiny pieces, and offered them to her.But no, she wanted only the jam. I was distracted from listening to the program. Mrs Apricot stealthily peeped at us to see if we were watching her, would jump on the table again and I would run to carry her down.
At the end of the evening I realized that I had not followed most of the program. All I know is that I kept carrying Mrs Apricot gently off the table- she was pregnant- to place her on the floor!.Next morning I woke up with a terrible backache the reason is clear.
Was it worth attending this event after all? Definitely. I am so proud that so many young Egyptians are so creative. If only they did not smoke so much. Anyway we were sitting in the open air, the weather was heavenly, a soft breeze was carressing our cheeks. The sky was clear. The moon showed up as a thin crescent of light, embracing one bright shining star. A priceless diamond.
Linda the creator of this project looked happy and satisfied.She had put so much effortand money into it. Had gone through so much frustration to accomplish it. God bless her. 

Well Mrs Apricot, next time I will get you a small pot of jam just for you.
Well done Linda. Keep up the good work.We definitely need more people like you to make the world, and especially Egypt a better place. Thanks.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Delighting in the Child - a Free Writing Workshop

Delighting in the Child - a Free Writing Workshop
The Writers' Centre
Thursday 26th April at1pm to 3pm
and Friday 27th April 4pm to 6pm

Impromptu event at the Writers' Centre tomorrow and Friday - rediscover your child essence and creativity. We cover so much of our creativity with responsibility, habits and thoughts - let's get back to some of our original unformed and uninformed intentions and do some writing around it!

This is a free event - a gift from my child to yours :) 

Please register with me if you are coming and let me know which day ;))

Feel free to bring an instrument, paints, materials, camera - anything you would like!

*This is an adult workshop


Saturday, 21 April 2012

This Tuesday! Launch Party! Marhaba! ;))

This Tuesday 24th!! Please mark your calendar and see you there!

Please come and celebrate the opening of the Writers' Centre from 7pm to 10pm! Share the event please, it is an open invite!

We will be having a launch with readings, spoken word performance with

Nina El Shabrawy, Amal El-Zaafarany, Zeinab Mobarak, Annie Rebekah Gardner, Zeyad Salem, Omar Refaat, Eslam Albaaly, Emily Smith, Reine Naggar, myself (!)Linda Sharbat Cleary, Yusra Badr, Nora Mortagui, Nadine Nashed, Monda Mahmoud, Amira Ahmed, Nawara Belal also music with Maurice Chammah on violin and we are very pleased to have guest star singer/poet Tamara Yousry with Mariam Ali, and Yvonne Buchheim with an acapella piece and comedy from Mo'love

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Launch Party Update!

Hi everyone! OK, just over a week to go and we will have the launch party! We have some great people who will be performing/reading their work; Nina El Shabrawy, Amal El-Zaafarany, Zeinab Mobarak, Annie Rebekah Gardner, Zeyad Salem, Omar Refaat, Eslam Albaaly, Emily Smith, Reine Naggar, myself (!) Linda Sharbat Cleary and music with Maurice Chammah on violin and then a small ensemble orchestra with Saleh Mohamed Mohamed amongst others. If you want to read/perform please book a spot sooooooooon - remember 5 to 7 minutes maximum and there will be no mic or speakers ;))

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Creative Writing Courses for Children and Teenagers

Two new courses starting soon for 9 to 11yr olds and 12 to 15yr olds, see the posters for all details!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Writers' Centre Launch Party! Tuesday 24th April

Writers' Centre
Launch Party

Tuesday 24th April
7pm to 10pm

Please come and celebrate the opening of the Writers' Centre!
We will be having a launch with readings, spoken word performance and acoustic music.

*If you would like to read or perform please let me know!

Event page on Facebook:

The Writers' Centre - situated on a roof in old Cairo, with inspiration abounding, this is a space for writers to hang out and write. The centre also has a private library and an ongoing menu of events, readings, workshops, courses, salons, residencies and writing holidays.

On the roof of Arabian Nights Hotel
10 Al Aaded Street (off Al Mansouria Street), El Darassa, Old Cairo

You can view a map here: