Cumbria Multicultural Women’s Network brings together women of diverse cultures now living in Cumbria, for the purpose of acknowledging and celebrating individual heritage and traditions, sharing unique and collective experience, and nurturing skills and confidence; thus enhancing abilities to integrate with local community and pursue new opportunities.


Friday 16 March 2012

Radio Play for the BBC

  A group of women from CMWN have been working for a year to write an original play for BBC radio.  ‘The Veil’ is a fictional story from the lives of an Egyptian family living in a town very like Barrow. The period covers two weeks last year, when the Egyptian people rose up to overthrow their President in a peaceful revolution and people around the world followed the events taking place in Tahrir Square in Cairo. 

The story winds through the lives of members of the Hamby family, including Laila, a committed Muslim who is wife to Ahmed and mother of Boshra, who is about to start her medical studies in a nearby university and Salma, still a schoolgirl who was born in this country and is more obviously influenced by her local school and the friends she meets there. A sudden and spiteful event affecting Laila shocks the family into questioning the reasons for the way they have been organising their lives - and leads to some resolutions.

The women writing the play have been working with Zosia Wand, a local writer, to develop the script to a point where it can be presented for consideration of being accepted by the BBC. 
Watch this space!

"I return the book filled with admiration for the elegant way you have written your story and transcribed your experience in such a positive way…. (New Voices)"