Creative Writing Workshop
This year, the Creative Writing Workshop culminated in two special events. On March 21, co-directors Sam and Simon, plus Young Adult Supervisor, Melanie, traveled down to Phnom Penh with six students to join Sue Guiney at the official Cambodian launch of her latest Cambodian novel, Out of the Ruins (you can read more about Sue and her books at http://www.sueguiney.com).
The event was held at Meta House, one of Phnom Penh’s best known cultural centres, and Sue asked some of her students to be her “Special Guests.” They read from the work they produced in this year’s workshop, and as an additional reward for their efforts and bravery, were also taken to Dream Land and then to visit the Royal Palace.
Two days later, back in Siem Reap, five other students joined Sue at a special poetry night held at The New Leaf Book Store and Café. The audience was full of enthusiastic writers and readers, both International and Khmer, and once again, Anjali House kids stole the show.
Next year marks the 5th Anniversary of Sue Guiney’s Creative Writing Workshop with the older students at Anjali. Just as they all discussed this year, there will be changes. More students will be included. More surprises will be in store for all of us. Sue says she already can’t wait!