24/05/2013 by mcma
Manchester Metropolitan University’s Humanities Day was a real hit with a group of MCMA’s Year 9s.
After a welcome from MMU staff and student mentors the event started with performances from two contemporary writers. Sufiya Ahmed gave a reading from her award winning and gripping debut novel “The Henna Girl”. Sufiya explained her motivation for writing the book came from her experiences working as an MP’s researcher and as a human rights activist. She also gave background on her early inspiration as a writer, highlighting the work of Enid Blighton and Roald Dahl.
This was followed by a highly emotive monologue by Anjum Malik. “Nahid” an autobiographical account on immigration to the UK in the 1960s captivated the audience and provided much food for thought.
The Year 9s then went into workshops investigating creative writing and history. The creative writing workshop started with some thought provoking “freeze frame” drama. Both activities highlighted the importance of analysis, evaluation and the power of language.
The verdict on the day was unanimously positive. With Jac Armstrong saying he felt what he’d learnt was “really useful” and Kassim Moosa added that the day was fun.