Category Archives: Dreams in the Medina

I attended the #WithSyria Vigil today – #Pray for Syria

This evening at sundown, in cities all around the world, people gathered in remembrance of the three-year anniversary of the Syria conflict. I attended the vigil in London’s Trafalgar Square, where we had a light show, children’s voices on the … Continue reading

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Book Club Questions

Are you in a book club? If so, this is for you! My Dream for Dreams in the Medina is that it spark empathy and discussion about the beautiful diverse cultures of Syria. And I’ve been told that it actually … Continue reading

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Dreams in the Medina is officially launching!

Dreams in the Medina is “officially” launching! Please come and bring a friend (or, if you’re not in London, tell a friend in London to come, it’s going to be great!)… 12 December 2013, between 7 and 9 p.m. House … Continue reading

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Mourning Sham

With each day that passes, I feel further removed from Syria. But I still have dear friends there, and am privileged to be in touch with them several times a week. They are so dear to me, and they are … Continue reading

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Author interview over at Middle East Experience

I didn’t mean to, but hey, look at that… I took a break from CulturTwined this week! Every day, I put “BLOG!” on my “to-do” list (yes, I have one of those – do you?) and every day, I cut … Continue reading

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Q&A about my novel (2 of 2): Who am I to write a novel about Syria?!

Yesterday I posted the answers to some questions a very gracious book reviewer posed to me about my novel Dreams in the Medina, a coming-of-age tale about university women in Syria. Yesterday’s questions were about the education and worldview of … Continue reading

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Q&A about my novel (1 of 2): What is education and enlightenment like for Syrian women?

Last week, I was thrilled when someone who read my book Dreams in the Medina emailed to ask if she could write a review. Of course, I said, I was honoured she asked! In order to do the review, she … Continue reading

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Why I started obsessing about Hope – and e-novel about Syria!

We stood around the kitchen island slipping our glasses of red wine and chewing ever-so-slowly on gourmet dark chocolates, talking about the people we love. This is what good friends do, is it not? I asked her how her cousins … Continue reading

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prayer for Syria

This has been an emotionally fired week. My heart breaks for my friends in Syria and seeing the situation there get more and more difficult. There’s no end in sight. I’ve also started writing a little memoir of my culturtwining … Continue reading

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I dreamed about Bashar al-Asad last night, but can’t remember if he was a good guy or a bad guy

I don’t remember much about the dream, except for wondering: in the story of my dream, is he good, or is he bad? He wasn’t a political figure in my dream, he was just an average guy, an average character … Continue reading

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