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In Russia, the idea of ‘5 o’clock’ is associated with British culture - in traditional perceptions it is seen as a sacred time when Brits break off and have a cup of tea. Tea drinking is central to Russian and British cultures, and there is an enduring fascination among Russians, with how and how much tea Brits drink. A lot of this information has been gleaned over the years from literature like Charles Dickens and Alice in Wonderland (the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party!) Russians have their own tea-drinking traditions - around the samovar and around the kitchen table, often served with jam, and other sweet things including dried fruit. Beyond Russia and Britain, many cultures have their own ‘5 o’clock’ traditions, in America this is often associated with ‘happy hour’ after work; coining the famous phrase ‘it’s 5 o’clock somewhere’ meaning that it’s a time to relax and unwind outside of the home. This, alongside the local traditions of our participants in their own 5 o’clock habits will be explored through creative writing and art during this interactive and creative workshop.

Hanna Ali with her mother in Somalia.

Hanna Ali with her mother in Somalia.

Workshop format: Creative workshop. The day will begin with a show and tell of items brought from home. This will be followed by a story writing session. The day will conclude with presentations of work.

Who is this workshop suitable for: This workshop is open to all young people aged 6 to 16 who are able to confidently read and write. Those aged 6 onwards may enjoy a combination of both drawing and writing.

Recommended: Please do bring an object that reminds you of home and some of the things you or your family enjoy doing in the afternoons (5 o’clock) for inspiration.

Refreshments: Soft drinks and nut-free snacks will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

Hanna is an Author, Photographer, Festival Director, Frequent Panellist and Teaching Fellow and PhD candidate at SOAS, University of London where she specialises in Afro-Arab identity. Hanna is a former Radio Presenter and was listed as number 4 in Buzz Feed’s “21 Black British Muslims You Should Know About” and was a part of Trailblazing Muslim Women 2018. She was host of a popular breakfast show radio host in the Middle East and, as a Writer, her collection of Short Stories was published in October 2017 this following on from winning Prizes/being shortlisted in the 2016 London Short Story and 2017 HISSAC Short Story Competitions. Hanna is the Festival Director of Somali Week Festival, which is a 10-day London based festival during the UK’s Black History Month. Hanna’s Short Story collection The Story of Us can be purchased at Hanna can be found on Twitter: @HannaAli

WORKSHOP It's Five O'Clock Somewhere
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