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CURRENT QUARTERLY FEATURES

Autumn 2023

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Voices Rising

Introducing...

Amplifying the talent and voices in communities within
Kenya, Palestine and beyond.

Hands Up

NEW THIS QUARTER

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I don’t really want to be part of the conversation around what’s happening in the Middle East. I don’t have to, actually. I’m not a public figure. I live in London. No one is after me. My relatives got out of Kiev two generations before I was born a Jew.

Rose Levinson, PhD

Founder & Editor

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We are living through a time of great chaos, confusion, rage and fear. Whether directly involved with persons in Gaza, Israel or Palestine, we are all impacted. The world is spinning badly out of control.

We are participants and witnesses, whether we like it or not.

Introducing: Juliette, Kake, Lydiah, Anthony and Sophie

We’re thrilled to be introducing the work of five Kenyans.

Their art and ideas will continue to be featured. For now, see our introduction to Juliette, Kake, Lydiah, Anthony and Sophie. Enjoy a sample of their rich, beautiful work.

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Further works by Palestinians

This is our third publication of works by Palestinians. These creatives are supported and mentored by We Are Not Numbers. We are proudly committed to bringing their voices into the conversation.

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LISTEN!

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JOYCE HYNTER

“I don't think we can sum up our lives. The only thing I can say, and again, it's a cliche, is I live every day for the day.  I'm the age where if I made plans for a future, a real future, I would be crazy. So I just play it on a daily basis.” 

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BIDDY PEPPIN

“I don’t really think about growing old, I didn’t really have a life plan, things happened quite unexpectedly and I’m really grateful, I’ve had a lovely life."

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by Manasa Naranyan

We're including this essay in our Conversations with Old(er) Women section.

It's certainly not because of Manasa's age: she is 24 years old, at the beginning of her life's journey. But reading her essay, I'm struck by the questions she poses.

As an elder, I often ask myself similar ones. I come up with different answers, but the questions resonate. 

Kake Sings

This song is entitled "Kapang" "In the City" it is written by the late

Ogwan'g KO Koth. The words are in Swahili and Dholuo, Kake's mother languages. 

GUEST FEATURES

A COLLECTION OF
WORDS, ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY
FROM OUR REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS 

WEBSTER MAKOMBE

Across many parts of southerly Africa, ice cream is not an everyday treat but rather a special one for noteworthy occasions. In many African households, an ice cream container in a refrigerator often contains frozen stew, meat and frequently beans from the week before. 

RACHEL JACOBS

Rachel Jacobs, a contributing editor to Emerging Voices, first wrote about Future Machine in March, 2020. She has contributed ongoing updates on her work as an artist, thinker, climate activist, academic.

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JEREMY ALVAREZ

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Jackie Hopfinger is an Islington based photographer. One of her photographs is currently showing in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. In March 2023 she recorded these striking images of Istanbul.

PHOTOGRAPHY, PERFORMANCE, FINE ART

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Editor's Notes

Introducing Rising Voices which features the work of creatives from around the globe. In this issue, we present Kenyan artists, showcasing  videos made when I visited in late August. In the 1960’s, I was a Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Nairobi. This was my first visit back. It was a joy to again see Kenya’s incredible beauty and to re-experience the deep warmth of Kenyans. We present another of our stories from Palestinian writers. Jana Alhanafi writes from Lebanon. Her piece was written before the horrors of Oct. 7.  My remarks are an initial response to what’s happening in Israel/Gaza/Palestine. Webster Makombe shares more about  life in southern Africa;  we get an update from Rachel Jacobs on her Future Machine , and Manasa Narayanan shares her thoughts on a changed relationship.

 Conversations with Old(er) Women brings us the voice of 87 year old Joyce Hytner, the second presentation in our series.

 

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Rose Levinson, Ph.D. - Founder and Managing Editor

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