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Walk With Us, a free live and interactive webinar for KS3 and KS4 students featuring exciting writers Sara Shaarawi and lisa luxx.

Shubbak's series of themed, interactive educational webinars for children and young people aged 12 years plus highlight the creativity and innovation of Arab art and culture by offering an insight into the stimulating practices of contemporary artists.

Walk With Us is the second in the series. Over 45 minutes two award-winning artists, writer, poet and activist lisa luxx and playwright Sara Shaarawi, will explore how they, as Arab women, are challenging the existing patriarchal systems of society. The webinar includes:

  • Clips of their work and creating in action
  • Live poetry reading
  • Live activities for students to join (all abilities)
  • Live Q&A for students to ask questions

Hosted by Alia Alzougbi.

The webinar ties in with curriculum subjects: English Literature, Drama & Theatre Arts, PSHE & Citizenship, Humanities, Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, Modern Foreign Languages (Arabic).

What to expect

Sara Shaarawi will share insights into her playwriting practice, particularly the superhero character she created to confront violence and harassment against women in her recent audio-led work, Niqabi Ninja.  She will talk about how she uses theatre as a tool for social change and the empowerment of female voices, responding to key moments in recent history like the Egyptian Revolution. 

lisa luxx will reflect on her career as a poet and activist working in the UK and Lebanon. She will also perform poetry from her recent book fetch your mother’s heart, and offer innovative writing techniques to enable the students to write their own poems in a language of their choice.

lisa luxx is a queer writer, performer, essayist and activist of British Syrian heritage. She is the winner of the Out-Spoken Prize of Performance Poetry 2018. Her performance poetry has been broadcast across the media including Channel 4, BBC Radio 4, VICE TV and ITV. luxx’s written poetry, essays and opinions are regularly published internationally in newspapers, magazines and anthologies. She has lectured on the philosophy of language in mental health for TEDx.

Sara Shaarawi is a playwright from Cairo who is now based in Glasgow. She has had her work performed at the Tron Theatre (Glasgow), Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh), Village Pub Theatre (Edinburgh), Platform (Easterhouse), Rich Mix (London) and CCA (Glasgow). In 2017, she partnered with the Workers Theatre to crowdfund and create Megaphone, a new bursary aimed at supporting artists of colour based in Scotland

Alia Alzougbi is a leader in the creative and cultural industries, with significant experience in the education sector. She has worked closely with national and international organisations including the British Museum, the National Theatre, the Clore Leadership and the British Council to create encounters that question cultural representation and inclusion in education and the arts.


Mon 4 Oct, 2021

1pm BST

Duration: 45 minutes
The event is BSL interpreted

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Practical information

Suitable for KS3, KS4, college and ESOL students, youth and community groups in the UK and internationally. The webinar will take place in English.

Hosted on Zoom, the webinar will follow the latest safeguarding requirements.

Participants do not need to prepare but please ensure they have pens and paper to hand for the activities.

For further information contact us.


Watch Unearthing Heritage, the first in the Shubbak and QFI webinar series for schools and young people.

Sign up to be notified of future webinar announcements. Intercultural Journeys - artists collaborating across borders and languages takes place on 29 November, 2021.