Saturday October 21, 2017

asia house bagri foundation literature festival

exploring writing from an asian perspective

 

Over 600 young people from schools across England (in London, Manchester, Leicester, Leeds, Bristol and Birmingham) discover new writing from across Asia annually as part of the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival schools writing programme. Delivered by Eastside, the writing programme is drawing inspiration from the theme of 'Difference and Conformity' and aims to create awareness of great fiction written by Asian writers, to provide an opportunity for young people to explore other cultures around the world and to inspire them to write their own stories and essays about the chosen theme and what it means to them.

 

During the workshops which are led by writers on Eastside’s creative team, participants explore Asia, its geographical expanse and diversity and examine issues and social mores in Asian countries.  Areas of focus this year include: China, Japan, India and Pakistan as well as exploring the lives of Diaspora communities from these areas.

 

As a culmination of the outreach programme, participants produce their own original writing ready for submission to Asia House’s competition for young writers. In 2016, writers can submit in three categories: fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The young writers’ work is shortlisted by a panel from Asia House and final winners are selected by students’ peers and the general public through an online poll. Winners are announced at a celebration event taking place at Asia House at the end of June, where students will also be able to meet with published writers and poets and work with facilitators on discussing and debating difference and conformity within society creating their own manifestos.

 

YOUNG WRITERS COMPETITION 2016 - VOTING NOW CLOSED

The winners of the 2016 schools writing competition are:

FICTION

"To Be Faer" by Eliot Taylor
Hampstead School

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NON FICTION

"Reflection" by Anisa Rafaqat
Saltley School

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POETRY

"Kosovo's Loss" by Adonis Haxholli
Haverstock School
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Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival - 'Difference and Conformity'

 

2016 Festival featured books and authors: 

  • The Life Of A Banana by PP Wong
  • Glass Scissors by Bobby Nayyar
  • Message From An Unknown Chinese Mother by Xinran
  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  • Small Hands by Mona Arshi

 

READ OUR 2016 SHORTLISTED COMPETITION ENTRIES BELOW

  

FICTION CATEGORY:

 
"A Changed Man" by Jayde Claridge
Hammersmith Academy
 
"To Be Faer" by Eliot Taylor
Hampstead School
 
"The Aftermath of 7.7" by Alex Telfer
Farnley Academy
 
"Worthless" by Natalie Brundle
Hammersmith Academy
 
"Welcome to Eon City" by Alex Lutman
Acland Burghley School
 
 

NON FICTION CATEGORY:

 
"Hair Bann'd" by Chelsea Mangumbu
Hammersmith Academy
 
"She's So Perfect" by Afsana Miah
Haverstock School
 
"Reflection" by Anisa Rafaqat
Saltley School
 
"The Inside of Discrimination" by Jaimini Dattani
Rushey Mead School
 
Hammersmith Academy
 
 

POETRY CATEGORY:

 
"Kosovo's Loss" by Adonis Haxholli
Haverstock School
 
"Totalitarian Equlitarians" by Leo Israel-Governale
Hampstead School
 
"They said, She said" by Molly Rasbash
Redland Green School
 
Farnley Academy