Saturday, 8 March 2008

Between two shores for international women's day

The current issue of the UNESCO Courier uses International Women's Day to focus on women writers who are "between two shores".
The lead article is part of Doris Lessing's Nobel lecture and speaks about poverty in Zimbabwe where she was brought up. Spôjmai Zariâb's writing on exile is also very compelling and Maria Medrano's talking about bridge building through a poetry workshop in a women's prison in Argentina is fascinating.

So, happy international women's day to you all and get reading - the great thing about the UNESCO Courier is that you can read it in a variety of languages.

"British writer Doris Lessing returns to ... Zimbabwe, and denounces our jaded world. Franco-Ivorian author Véronique Tadjo explains how travels can morph into exile. Spôjmaï Zariâb tells the story of war torn Afghanistan, from her Paris vantage point. Michal Govrin, from Israel, reveals the impassioned dimension of an unending conflict. In the United States, Indian author Kiran Desai questions the fate of belonging to two cultures. Argentine poet María Medrano builds a bridge between the free world and incarceration. All are women between two shores. "