The British in India – exhibition at Ealing Road Library

ALAG are proud to be associated with the Indo-British Heritage Trust to bring you a vibrant and informative exhibition celebrating over 400 years of the relationship between India and Britain.

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The exhibition panels can be viewed at Ealing Road Library during opening hours. ALAG would like to thank the Indo-British Heritage Trust, Brent Museum and Brent Libraries for their on-going support.

If you are interested in Indo – British history then look out for the following books written by Kusoom Vadgama and available to borrow from Brent Libraries:

 

Madam Rehana Roohi is chief guest at Brent Urdu Poetry Group

The Brent Urdu Poetry Group in conjunction with ALAG met again on Sunday 5th February for another successful Mushaira event. This time the venue was Ealing Road Library where the comfortable surroundings and library environment was much appreciated by poets and guests alike.

Madam Rehana Roohi a renowned Poetess from Pakistan was chief guest and the Mushaira (poetry recital) was presided by Bazme Sukhan London patron-in-chief Mr Aqeel Danish.

Mushaira stage Secretary was Sohail Zarrar Khalish who worked with ALAG members and organised the event attended by 40 Urdu poetry enthusiasts. Many thanks to Brent Libraries and staff at Ealing Road Library for their help and support.

The picture shows event organisers and some of the guests who attended and made the event such a success.

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Brent Urdu Poetry Group – starts today

To mark the auspicious occasion of the birthday of the late philosopher and famous poet, Sir Allama Iqbal, Brent Libraries in partnership with ALAG are proud to launch the first ever Brent Urdu Poetry Group.

The group will meet at Wembley Library from 2.30 – 4.30pm today and then at the same time on the 1st Sunday of each month. The event will be hosted by renowned Wembley Urdu poet, Mr Aqueel Danish. More details and information can be found on the poster below:

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Light refreshments will be available. Attendance is FREE and all Urdu poetry lovers are welcome!

The ALAG Team

Cityread 2015 – final events

As Cityread 2015 comes to an end – what a busy month it has been! We would like to share pictures and reports from the final two events that ALAG has been involved with.

BTG 250415AFirstly, Brent Tamil Group (BTG) members pictured here held a delightful discussion based upon the book Rivers of London and the Tamil translated synopsis. Dr Murugesan Muthu used both films and presentations to bring the book to life. BTG member Yamuna Thamendiran had this to say:

“Dr Murugesan did an excellent session including using video clips between reading from the BTG 250415Bsynopsis. We had 21 attendees. Many of us enjoyed the story and Dr Murugesan’s hard work and effort has made this event a great success. His additional work along with the actual translation has given a clear understanding of what Cityread London is all about.”  ALAG would like to thank Brent Libraries and the BTG for all their support of the ALAG translation and Cityread London. Dr Murugesan is pictured below with author Ben Aaronovitch.

Kilburn Lib _ City read event - 20Apr2015ALAG’s final Cityread event was held in association with Redbridge Libraries on Tuesday 28th April at Redbridge Central Library. ALAG members Aruna Shah and Kamaljit Bedi facilitated using the Hindi and Gujarati synopses and this is what Aruna had to say about the event:

Kamaljit and I enjoyed the reading and very lively discussion that followed. The audience participation was humorous and ALAG Redbridge6 280415involved. Each one of the attendees had a story or an anecdote to tell. Some of them relating to magic and supernatural experience and incidents from their past. A couple of ladies recounted their own families’ experiences about a haunted house in Kent, by the river and how they appeased the spirit by carrying out a ceremony on the river.” [Sound familiar?] The group used the ghosts, spirits and rivers as a platform to delve back into their lives back home, culture, customs and traditions. Kamaljit read most of the translation but we steered the discussion and audience participation quite early on, which made it very lively. The group received us very well and stayed on for more than an hour. In fact, a number of them asked us to come back to their next meeting!

Rhonda and her colleague, Saima had put in a good effort both in coordinating the group and distributing the translations. The group was mainly Urdu speaking women with a couple of Gujarati speaking women and a lone Gujarati man, who was very vocal with hilarious stories loved by all. We were very impressed by the group dynamics and a truly multilingual and ALAG Redbridge8 280415multicultural event. Given the group’s involvement, we didn’t  discern any language barriers. We were very inspired by the whole experience and ready for next year!”

Very many thanks to Rhonda Brooks, Development Librarian at Redbridge Libraries and Saima for organising this wonderful event. This is what Rhonda had to say after the event:

Your ALAG colleagues Aruna and Kamaljit have recently left following a very enjoyable and successful session. 19 attended – mainly Urdu speakers – but they all managed to communicate well and had a very lively session. Thanks for sending Aruna and Kamaljit to lead the group – it was lovely to meet them and have them at the library – and they did an excellent job of leading the group“.

Click on the link below to read some of the feedback from the attendees. Comments are written in Urdu, English and Gujarati:

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Book launch and Mushaira

Over 160 Urdu poetry enthusiasts gathered at the prestigious Civic Centre, Wembley to join Aqueel Danish and friends to launch his book: Pairaya – e – izhaar”  a collection of poems on Friday 17th October 2014. An excellent evening was had by all, starting with delicious refreshments in Wembley Library where attendees and guests were given the opportunity to join Brent Libraries and also borrow loan copies of the book.

Gulshan Iqbal, Chair of ALAG opened the event with a welcome and introduction to  Aqueel Danish’s enormous contribution to the field of Urdu literature.

 

ALAG members enjoy an evening of poetry

ALAG members enjoy an evening of poetry

Aqueel Danish and friends recite poetry from his book

Aqueel Danish and friends recite poetry from his book

ALAG members would like to thank Mrs Tasneem Danish for her contribution to the success of the evening and for the extensive support received from Brent Libraries’ staff, Development Managers Sarah Smith  throughout the planning process and Stephanie Wilson on the event evening itself as well as members of the Events Team.

Copies of the book were sold out and many attendees gave positive verbal feedback, asking for more events in Urdu and acknowledging the support from Brent Libraries.

Members of the press were also in attendance to record the event and take it to the wider community

 

 

Cityread 2014, ALAG events – finale

Last week saw the close of Cityread 2014 and what an exciting month it has been. Two special events which took place in the final week were a great success at Brent Libraries and Kingston Libraries both of which used ALAG’s translated synopsis in Tamil of My Dear I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young.

Here are some photos that ALAG would like to share with you:

Tamil Reading Group members, Brent Libraries are joined by ALAG members Aruna Shah and Monna Rizvi. Photograph courtesy of: www.sophiewilliams.tv

Tamil Reading Group members, Brent Libraries are joined by ALAG members Aruna Shah and Monna Rizvi. Photograph courtesy of: http://www.sophiewilliams.tv

Yamuna Tharmendiran who heads the Tamil Reading Group which meets every month in Brent Libraries said:

“On behalf of the Tamil Reading Group our thanks to you to give opportunities like this and I am sure we will look forward to supporting Cityread London, ALAG and future events like these which are very important to our community. Thanks once again.”

The final event for the month took place at Kingston Libraries with the Tamil Elder’s Group:

Members of the Kingston Tamil Elder's Group with their copies of the ALAG translated synopsis

Members of the Kingston Tamil Elder’s Group with their copies of the ALAG translated synopsis

Alison Townsend, Team Leader: Adult Services & Acquisitions, Kingston Libraries said:

“Here’s a photo from this morning’s meeting to discuss “My Dear, I wanted to tell you”. Both the Tamil synopsis and English notes were used, and everyone said they would recommend the book to a friend. Not everyone had managed to finish reading it, but they were going to, and all felt that they had got a lot more out of it by discussing than reading in isolation. Hopefully this may be the start of a group meeting regularly at  the library.  A successful meeting and very worthwhile, and great that they want to participate next year as well.”

ALAG would like to thank Stellar Libraries, the Cityread London team and all the organisations and Library Authorities which have taken up the offer of facilitating reader development events using the translated synopsis in various languages, working together to “bring reading to life”.

 

Urdu and Panjabi Cityread event at Ealing Road Library, Brent TODAY!

Ealing Road Library will be hosting the next ALAG Cityread today (Monday 14th April 2014) from 4pm to 6pm. Discussions will take place in Urdu and Panjabi:

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Join in and receive a free copy of the translated synopsis of the book: My Dear I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young

Cityread 2014 – forthcoming events

Things are really hotting up with a whole array of events to celebrate Cityread 2014 and the whole of London and beyond reading My Dear I wanted to tell you by Louisa Young.

English not your first language or you prefer to read in another language? No worries, ALAG have produced a synopsis of the book in Bengali, Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese), Gujarati, Hindi, Panjabi, Tamil and Urdu. Take your pick from some of these events where the story set in World War 1 will be read and discussed in a variety of languages.

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ALAG CITYREAD POSTER Slough 2014

 

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