Shree Jalaram Mandir Greenford Holi Festival

Dr. Nazneen Ahmed

On Sunday we attended the Shree Jalaram Mandir Greenford’s Holi festivities, the Indian festival which celebrates the coming of Spring with the spectacular throwing of powdered, coloured pigments, music, dancing, and of course, food.

Dr. Nazneen Ahmed and Prof. David Gilbert at the Holi Festival. Photo: Laura Cuch

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Spiritual Flavours in Helsinki

Laura Cuch

On 1st February, I took a plane from London to Helsinki to take part in the opening week events of Festival of Political Photography 2017: Post-Food. The project Spiritual Flavours, which is part of my practice-led PhD, had been selected to be exhibited at STOA cultural centre, alongside Asunción Molinos Gordo’s Project, The Non-Egyptian’s Restaurant, from 4th February to 30th March.

Seconds before landing in Helsinki

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Geography, Music, Space Conference

Natalie Hyacinth

On Wednesday 25th January I embarked on a 3 hour train journey from Kings Cross to Durham for the one day Geography, Music, Space conference at Durham University.
The conference, supported by the Institute of Musical Research and Durham University’s Department of Geography, was a stimulating day of talks and discussion of all things Geography, Music and Space, just perfect for me!

I was motivated and inspired by the diverse collection of papers that in various ways, reflected on music’s complex spatial associations.

The conference was divided into 3 sessions;
♣ The political spaces of music
♣ Music and everyday space making
♣ Performance spaces: hearing, playing, feeling

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Dr. Nazneen Ahmed wins Penguin Random House competition!

Making Suburban Faith research associate Dr. Nazneen Ahmed has been announced as one of the twelve winners of the Write Now programme run by Penguin Random House ‘which aims to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities currently under-represented on the UK’s bookshelves.’

Each of the winners is paired with a mentoring editor from Penguin Random House for a year. Together they will work together to make their manuscripts the best they can be and ready for publication. Over 2000 writers applied for the twelve places so we are very proud of Naz!

Photo: Laura Cuch

Naz’s book The Strange Children of Spittlefields is a fantasy fiction novel for young adults set in the 19th century between London, Gujarat and East Bengal. Naz said

“Just having my story noticed by Penguin Random House has given me the self-belief to think of myself as a writer, and focus on getting my book finished and out there, neither of which seemed possible before. I have also met some inspirational writers who have become very close friends. These friendships have formed the basis of a support network, which is really valuable, as the writing process can be very solitary.

“We need more diverse books that can speak to the diverse society that is Britain today (and Britain of the past!) But there are so many barriers to being published as a “minority”, not least that the publishing industry itself is still so predominantly white, straight and middle-class. Schemes like WriteNow reach out to those who wouldn’t otherwise be heard by the industry because they don’t have the right kind of tools, knowledge or contacts, and that’s crucial to getting more diverse books out there for us all to read.”


Making Suburban Faith – 2016 Project Report


This report marks the end of the second year of the Making Suburban Faith Project. It has been another very successful year for the project and this summary reports on some of the highlights of the year for the project. Although originally scheduled to run for three years until December 2017 the project will now run until December 2018 – this is welcome news giving us the chance to further develop some of ongoing initiatives.

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