Words inspire creativity; creativity kindles new ideas; new ideas spark social change.
Qalam, meaning 'Pen' in Arabic, Persian and Urdu, is a creative writing collective exclusively for women. In the current socio-political climate, Qalam seeks to provide a space where women are able to utilise their creativity as a tool for self-empowerment and challenging the status-quo.
Members will have the opportunity to participate in creative walking journeys at various locations to make time for reflection and introspection, thus facilitating opportunities to produce new work. Bespoke mentoring and guidance will be provided from Luton-based artists to help build confidence and skills in writing and sharing work.
In essence, Qalam is not just a creative writing project, but a revolutionary movement using the arts for positive social change.
In December 2017, Qalam presented 'Beyond Forms': An evening of spoken word, prose and visual art at Connors Cafe, The Hat Factory.
Qalam is part of the Revoluton Arts' 'Firestarter' programme in collaboration with producer mentor, Shabnam Shabazi, spoken word artist, Amerah Saleh and artistic facilitator, Shana Kiely.