page 14 // volume three, issue six
Meet Safaa Ali, a young author from Toronto Ontario, with a creative writing style and passion for poetry. At the age of 9, Safaa participated in a Canada wide story writing competition, the “Kids write 4 kids creative challenge”. Out of 200 contestants, the stories of four were selected for publication as ebooks by Ripple Digital Publishing Corporation. Safaa’s pourquoi story, “Why Peacocks have colourful feathers”, is among these. Safaa, after receiving two peacock feathers from a family friend, was inspired to write this fable. She starts her story with a beautiful little poem followed by a tale narrating how an ordinary dull looking peacock transformed into a gorgeous and colorful creature. Safaa loves to draw too and has also done the illustrations for the story. Her story is available to download in the form of an ebook at Apple iBookstore and Amazon’s Kindle. The proceeds from the sale of the book are donated to support literacy in Canada. Another of Safaa’s poem has been accepted in a North American poetic contest in Summer 2013. The poem will be published in a poetry anthology later this year. We wish best of luck to this young talented author for her future endeavors.
“Allah has made this world so stunningly beautiful and richly serene that one is inspired to transform the hues and colours of nature onto a canvas”, says Talat Afzaal regarding the exhibition of her paintings at a public library at London, Ontario in September 2013. Talat Afzaal completed a degree in Fine Arts from Punjab University Lahore Pakistan in 1970. Her initial work mostly involved making sculptures, however for her, painting is a relaxing hobby. She has done both large canvas painting and miniature art. After coming to Canada, she was mesmerized by the lavish beauty of the natural landscape and has been transforming it into her artwork. Her paintings are reflective of the splendor of the four distinct seasons in Canada. Whether it is a blanket of snow at a lakeshore, a tranquil spring garden, a vibrant fall morning, or a panoramic view of a sunny afternoon, her landscapes are like dream, a pleasure to the eyes. Her still life paintings are as beautiful as the landscapes, specially the colour coordination is remarkable. Mrs. Afzaal uses different medias in her work, including oil and acrylic paints, markers and colour pencils to create a rich and striking effect.
Young Author Art Exhibition
Published on Oct 25, 2013