In January 2020, Àla conducted a writing workshop at LGS International in Lahore, for students of varying age groups.


Taiba Abbas engaged in an interactive discussion on the art of writing and the fundamentals of an early literary education, through a shared reading of poems from her book The Telling (1998). The session was co-organized and moderated by Jawad Raza.

Jawad Raza hosting the first session of the
Mocca Talks in September 2019

Jawad Raza is a writer. He has taught at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in their National Outreach Program, Lahore Grammar School (LGS) International, LGS Paragon, and Beaconhouse Newlands where he has additionally worked as a TED-Ed Co Curricular Curator.


He graduated from Beaconhouse National University with a B.A (Hons) Liberal Arts degree in 2015, and completed a Teacher Training course from Arizona State University in 2018.

When he is not teaching, he performs beat poetry and stand-up comedy. He is presently working on compiling a collection of poems and flash fiction which will be published by Àla.

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