Urdu International Australia has negotiated with the Auburn Library to allocate a section for Urdu books and all details regarding collection and cataloguing the books have been finalised with library staff. A campaign to collect books has been started and about 250 books have already been pledged. We target to collect 1000 books this year. For Donation of books, please contact Ms Kaneez Fatima Ali (0279015960), Dr. Ayesha Saeed (0411209572), Tariq Mirza (0411854981) or any member of the UIA Executive.

Launching the book of Arif Rana

The Sydney launch of ‘Aadha Kunwan’, the first collection of short stories by Arif Rana, the Honorary Life Member of UIA, will be held in Auburn Council Hall on Sunday 31 August at 2:30 pm. A video of the book launch ceremony in Islamabad, including the speeches on the book by Tariq Aziz and other dignitaries, will also be played. The entry is free and light refreshments will be served.

Urdu International Quarterly (Magazine)

The magazine is almost completed and we are waiting for contributions from our members in Australia. We have some good contributions from overseas and the magazine have some exclusive and unforgettable writings of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Quratul Ain Haider, unpublished poetry of Ahmed Faraz and articles on Josh, Firaq and Ibne Insha. The history of Urdu International when it was first published from Toronto and activities of Urdu International and the world’s literary news will also be included. The magazine will be distributed worldwide to leading literary personalities and to major libraries

First Annual Mushaira ‘Bayad-e-Jalib’

The first Mushaira ‘Bayad-e-Jalib’ will be held on Saturday 20 September, 2014. The centrally located Sydney Bha’i Centre at 107 Derby Street, Silverwater with 700 seats is booked. The famous TV personalities, intellectuals, Syed Wasi Shah and Mujahid Barelvi, are invited to participate along with other notable poets. The entry is free and by invitation only. We are looking for individual sponsors ($100 with 4 invitations and free membership) and business sponsors.

Please email all your materials to Arif Sadiq at arifsadi[email protected] or [email protected] or post it to Urdu International Australia, P O Box 105, Pyrmont, NSW 2009.

Website: www.urduinternational.com