Bahrain teenager releases poetry collection
Manama, February 7, 2014
A young Bahraini teenager has published her first collection of poetry 'Solace'.
Nineteen-year-old Noor Bahman spent two years working on her debut book, which is made up of 25 poems.
Solace is now available on Amazon, but Bahman is working on selling it in Bahrain.
"I started writing poetry at the age of 10," she said. "Writing was the only escape I had. My writing is about the personal experiences I've had and about growing up in Bahrain," she explained.
"It touches on what it's like to be a Bahraini woman in a male-dominated environment.
"People who have unconventional mind-sets are outcasts."
She said she was driven to self-publish after failing to gain interest in Bahrain and among publishers abroad. "I was tired of people not listening to me, telling me I was too young," she added.
"Everything I wanted to do was limited by the fact that I was young and a girl," remarked Bahman.
She is currently trying to find a venue to launch the collection and hold a book discussion.
"I want people to read it on the spot and voice their opinion," she said. "That's very important to me. The Bahraini market is the most important to me, and I hope to be able to bring the book to Bahrain soon. "In terms of writing, I hope to publish soon, but my next aim is a novel."
The ambitious teenager is currently planning to apply to study journalism in the UK.-TradeArabia News Service