The Suraya Cultural Forum in Melbourne has returned to its activities after an interruption due to the spread of the pandemic. The restrictions were tightened for several months.
Its' first activity this year, was a symposium in which two well-known writers spoke about their experiences in literature.
The first was Bishop Mar Basilius Georges Cassmoussa , the Apostolic Visitor for Syriac Catholic Church to Australia and New Zealand, and the second was story writer, Haitham Burda.
The story writer, Haitham, expressed his satisfaction to return to the activities in a forum that includes intellectual elite.
He said that he divided his experience into stages, beginning was that he wrote the story while he was a student, then he wrote the novel when he was twenty-five years old.
He added that he postponed publishing his first novel due to the printing costs. However, his wife stood by him and supported him by providing the required amount to publish his first book. He said that her support will never be forgotten.
Mr Burda said that his name was entrenched in the world of the very short story writers, with the testimony of major literary critics.
The writer talks about his experience in writing children's literature, saying that he was motivated by his grandfather who used to tell him stories and urged him to write. He drew from those stories that were firmly rooted in his memory and wrote three plays for boys, two story collections, and a biography of the well-known character of Al-Jahiz.
He said:” when I wrote a novel for boys and participated in it in a competition, I was surprised that my novel won the well-known Katara Prize for Arabic Novel.”
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