Person’s ability

Omar Noor Osman

It was 20th March 2009, when my English teacher announced to my class there was a demand of essay writing requested by one of the agencies in Dagahaley refugee camp.

I wrote an essay by heading “The importance of water.” The English teacher took and marked the essays for the whole school while mine was the best. Among what I wrote was the importance, how African people can get clean water and which methods to use to find out clean water.

On 30th March 2009, it was school closing day that all teachers and students attend close this school. In that public it was announced that I am the best essay writer in school. In that day there were some moments that I was not aware where I was living. I was very happy with rewards I was given by agency and school administration.

Since that day I decided to practice essay writing in and out of the school while I am testing my ability of writing.

Happening Now

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

  • The poetic documentary Songs Still Sung: Voices from the Tsunami Shores, written and co-produced by Takako ARAI and creatively subtitled into English by a class of UI students of Japanese, will be screened at the prestigious Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, on-line 10/7-14/2021.

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