Omani author Safa Shaqsy offering webinars for community groups and schools on subject of arranged marriage

An Omani author who has written a thought-provoking novel for teenagers about arranged marriage is about to embark on a webinar tour of the Home Counties.

Wednesday, 30th December 2020, 10:11 am
Updated Wednesday, 30th December 2020, 10:12 am
Safa Shaqsy

Safa Shaqsy penned Rebel with Time, which tells the story of a girl just like any other teenager who dreams of being a model, only for this girl arranged marriage is a very real prospect.

Safa said: "I am really looking forward to speaking with people and telling them all about where I live and what society is like here.

"It is my belief that our cultures aren't all that different, and I know that some young people in the UK are affected by arranged marriage, I am looking forward to learning all about their experiences too, and about the perceptions of people who have never been affected by this issue.

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"My book's job is to show people that they are not alone, and that's what I want to achieve with the webinars too. I am a completely open book."

Safa's events are open to community groups, organisations, schools and charities, and feature a short reading from the book, a talk about Oman, and the subject of arranged marriage and then a chance for questions and to tell stories.

And speaking about what she hopes to gain herself from speaking to UK readers, Safa said: "I am a great admirer of British literature, and I hear that Roald Dahl came from the Home Counties, from Great Missenden!

"I am really looking forward to telling my story, and spreading a positive and thought provoking message."

To find out more about Safa go to www.safashaqsy.comTo find out more about hosting a webinar email [email protected]