Weaving a magic carpet of poems

Children’s poetry workshops with Sabrina Mahfouz

15–16 July 2017, 2.30pm
British Library

Literature ·

Sabrina Mahfouz. Photo: Eliza Power

Sabrina Mahfouz. Photo: Eliza Power

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Sat 15 July 2017, 2.30–3.30pm
Children 6+, plus guardian

Sun 16 July 2017, 2.30–3.30pm
Children 10+, plus guardian

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British Library

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96 Euston Road
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Come and join poet Sabrina Mahfouz for a lively, fun and interactive children’s poetry workshops. Learn to weave your everyday experiences into the fabric of Arab folk tales and produce your own magic carpet of poetry!

Saturday 15 July 2.30-3.30pm
Free event for children over the age of 6, accompanied by a parent or carer. Advance booking essential

Writing poems isn’t just for grown-ups – even little ones can create their own poetry in this lively, fun and fully interactive workshop with the poet Sabrina Mahfouz. Come and discover the links between our own familiar world of normal experience and the fantastic world of Arabian folk tales and magical stories. As we interweave the everyday and the extraordinary, forming poems of our very own, be prepared for the magic carpet of words to carry us all off to distant lands of the imagination!

Sunday 16 July 2.30-3.30pm
Free event for children over the age of 10, accompanied by a parent or carer. Advance booking essential

Ever wanted to write a poem, but not sure where to start? Always thought that only grown-ups can write proper poetry? Well, if you’re ten or over, the poet Sabrina Mahfouz is here to show you how fun and easy writing poems really is! Come and discover how to weave the everyday and the extraordinary together into a rich poetic tapestry. Be prepared for the magic carpet of words to carry us all off to distant lands of the imagination! In this lively, fun and fully interactive poetry workshop, we will learn how to weave our own experiences in with Arabian folk tales and magical stories to produce and perform our very own poems.

Sabrina Mahfouz was raised in London and Cairo. Her work includes the plays ChefWith a Little Bit of Luck, Clean, Battleface and The Love I Feel is Red; and the poetry collection How You Might Know Me. She received a Fringe First Award for Chef and won a Sky Arts Academy Poetry Award.

For children over the age of 6 (15 July) and 10 (16 July), accompanied by a guardian. Places are limited so advance booking is essential. Day and weekend passes to Shubbak at the British Library to do not include these free afternoon children’s workshops which must be booked separately.

Shubbak at the British Library is presented in partnership with the British Library with additional support from the British Council, The International Prize for Arabic Fiction, Al Mawred Al Thaqafy, The British Institute for the Study of Iraq, Modern Poetry in Translation, Words Without Borders and the Institut français du Royaume-Uni.

Shubbak at the British Library

Part of Shubbak at the British Library – two days of inspirational Arab literature, including talks, panel discussions and workshops.
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