Where to find us
Saturday 8 October, 12pm – Birmingham Literature Festival
The DOOR, Birmingham REP
Write Afghanistan Project Director, Lucy Hannah, and Afghan poet Parwana Fayyaz will be on stage to talk about the collection of stories in ‘My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird’ and the women who wrote them, with video contributions from the women themselves, some of whom are still in Afghanistan.
General Admission: £8
Sunday 25 September, 2:45 – 5:30pm – Gothenburg BookFair, Sweden
Hall H1, The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre
Meet the founder of Untold, Lucy Hannah and some of Afghanistan’s leading female poets and journalists, including Masoma Kawsary, contributor to My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird, and Nilofar Langar, an Afghan poet and journalist. Kholod Saghir, Editor-in-chief of PEN/Opp will be moderating the event.
The discussion will be in English with simultaneous interpretation in Dari will be provided.
Day Ticket for Sunday: £15 (full day ticket to the fair including all events)
Saturday 13 August, 11.30am – The Llangwm Literary Festival, Pembrokeshire
Wednesday 22 June 2022, 7-8pm – Felixstowe Book Festival
A special digital event at Felixstowe Festival to celebrate the publication of My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird: New Fiction by Afghan Women.
Contributors of the book joined novelist and Royal Literary Fellow Ruth Dugdall to discuss these vital, unexpected short stories that are both unique and universal.
‘Men always want to speak on behalf of Afghan women, but now it is time for Afghan women to speak for themselves. Without fear, we want to share out stories with the world.’
Monday 20 June 2022, 1-2pm – York Festival of Ideas
Director of Untold, Lucy Hannah, translator, Parwana Fayyaz, and contributing writer, Fatema Haidari, joined York Festival of Ideas to discuss the Untold: Write Afghanistan project.
The event explored the process of developing the anthology My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird and the experiences of the Afghan writers, translators and editors who delicately crafted this powerful collection of stories.
This event took place live on Zoom Webinar and is now available to watch on Youtube.
Sun 12 June, 2-3pm – Wimbledon Book Fest
Robert Graves Tent
Lucy Hannah and translator Zarghuna Kargar were in conversation with Sanam Shantyaei at this live event on Wimbledon Common to discuss the Write Afghanistan project and the creation of the anthology My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird: New Fiction by Afghan Women.
They were joined by two of the contributing Afghan writers, who were live-streamed in from Germany and Afghanistan, to discuss their love for writing and the inspiration behind their stories.
Sat 28 May 2022, 8.30pm – Hay Festival
Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage
This special event, in partnership with Hay Festival, celebrated the launch of My Pen Is The Wing of a Bird: New Fiction by Afghan Women.
Contributor Masouma Kawsari joined translator Zarghuna Kargar and Untold Narratives’ Founder and Director Lucy Hannah to discuss and perform extracts of these powerful, profound and deeply moving new pieces.
You can watch the recording of this event on Hay Player.
Sun 24 Apr 2022, 2-3pm – Cambridge Literary Festival
In April, Parwana Fayyaz, one of the translators of the anthology My Pen Is The Wing of a Bird, was welcomed to Cambridge Literary Festival in conversation with Will Forrester, Translation and International Manager at English PEN and Kübra Gümüşay, author, feminist academic and activist. The event included readings from the anthology as well as a discussion on the importance of hearing marginalised Afghan voices.
A recording of the event will soon be available on Cambridge Literary Festival’s website as part of their ‘Spring Festival 2022 Online Pass’.
23 April 2022 – Chipping Norton Literary Festival
Zarghuna Kargar & Lyse Doucet
10 March 2022 – European Parliament liaison office in the UK: Europe House and online
A Sakharov Prize event
The European Parliament seeks to maintain the Afghan women’s situation high on the EU and international agenda, and this event will have at its heart a remarkable anthology of short stories by contemporary Afghan women writers – My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird, New Fiction by Afghan Women, which is the first of its kind in translation, from Dari and Pashto. Since the Taliban takeover, and with the regression of women’s rights and status within the Afghan society, these stories have a particular resonance. Join us to explore these women’s stories at this critical juncture in Afghanistan.
Speakers: Samira Rafaela MEP, a Member of the European Parliament on behalf of D66 since 2019; Lucy Hannah, founder and director of Untold Narratives CIC, which produced the anthology; Zarghuna Kargar, one of the translators of My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird, New Fiction by Afghan Women; Nicola Dahrendorf, Chair, a human rights and humanitarian practitioner, focused on protection, peacebuilding and conflict resolution in conflict and post-war contexts.