My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird

My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird: New Fiction by Afghan Women

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Short Stories & Anthologies
Paperback Published on: 17/02/2022
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My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird
This collection of short stories by Afghan women are incredibly moving. Full of important stories that must be read and heard that will really open your ey... READ MORE
Gemma at Elgin


My pen is the wing of a bird; it will tell you those thoughts we are not allowed to think, those dreams we are not allowed to dream. Afghanistan has a rich literary history, but chronic instability, compounded now by the current crisis, have meant that women's voices have remained hidden. This anthology is the result of more than two years working Afghan women writers. They have strong, original, and unexpected stories to tell, but until now have had no opportunity to publish these locally or beyond their borders. Now it seems certain that this opportunity will be taken from them again. Men always want to speak on behalf of Afghan women, but now it is time for Afghan women to speak for themselves. Without fear, we want to share our stories with the world. UNTOLD has been supporting them to develop their work, to write the stories they want to write, in their own words. These exciting contemporary voices from the country's two main linguistic groups (Pashto and Dari) explore a wide range of issues - family, work, tradition, sexuality, friendship, gender identity and real-life events - through original, vibrant, and tonally varied short fiction. These stories come at a pivotal moment in Afghanistan's history, when international media interest in the country needs to be met by creative voices living in, speaking about, and writing from Afghanistan. With an Introduction by BBC Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet and an Afterword by Lucy Hannah. About UNTOLD: UNTOLD is a writer development programme for marginalised writers in areas of conflict and post-conflict. Afghanistan has millions of Pashto and Dari speakers with little or no local support for creative writing, literary translation, or literary editing. Support for writers has been hampered by cultural norms, free expression issues, chronic instability, and internal displacement. UNTOLD has been working one-to-one with women on their short stories, with English-speaking literary editors and translators working with the writers to realise the potential of their stories for publication both locally and globally in translation.

  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781529422214
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Weight: 192g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 28 mm

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My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird
Good Read
Thank you to the publishers for this early review copy. This is a short story collection by Afghan Women. The stories are heart breaking on occasion and po... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
My Pen Is the Wing of a Bird
Short stories set in AFGHANISTAN
The stories “...take us into the small but ever so significant minutiae of daily life”. Through tiny observations we, as readers, can identify with the pli... READ MORE