With the support of the British Council, Kabul, Untold’s Write Afghanistan project has issued two countrywide open calls to identify local women writers to join the project. These writers have been given one-to-one editorial development opportunities with international editors and literary translators, and been connected to one another through our digital network, enabling them to share new work and ideas with each other.
With the support of KfW Stiftung, Untold’s Write Afghanistan project is working closely with ten women writers from across Afghanistan. Untold is also working in collaboration with KfW Stiftung and Berlin-based initiative Weiter Schreiben (Writing on). The scheme connects three Afghan women writers with established German-speaking authors. Their literary dialogue will be published on Weiter Schreiben’s online platform in Dari, Pashto and German. The programme opens doors to the German-language literary scene and facilitates artistic exchange.
With support from the Bagri Foundation, Untold delivered a month-long online workshop in August 2020, working on new short stories with writers from Write Afghanistan. Across November and December 2020, the Bagri Foundation shared excerpts from these pieces, along with profiles of the writers and videos of them discussing their inspirations and writing process.
Untold’s Director Lucy Hannah is a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London (KCL). To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March 2021, KCL invited writers participating in the Write Afghanistan project to share short messages in response to the International Women’s Day theme ‘Choose to Challenge’. These were published on KCL’s Arts and Humanities Research Institute website.
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