Category Archives: Syrians who have inspired me

Love – the price of loving your family

Picture yourself at home. You just ate a good warm dinner, the heating is on and your seat on the sofa is in a particularly warm spot, you’re wearing fuzzy pyjamas. Maybe you have a child or two who are … Continue reading

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Links from Syria

If you follow CulturTwined, you have probably already caught on to the fact that I’ve now launched my novel about Syrian women, Dreams in the Medina, as an e-book, in all formats. Please do take a second to click here … 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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Why I Want to Hear the Stories of the Perpetrators

“Best-best case scenario, how long do you think it will take for your country to return to normal?” This question was asked over wine and lovely Syrian vegetarian food, by a Brit of a Syrian. My friend from Syria leaned … 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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Syrians who have inspired me – the other side of the real Leila. Chapter 10

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a Syrian who inspired me, so much so that she was the basis for the main character, Leila, in Dreams in the Medina, my novel about Syria which is currently podcasting. I … Continue reading

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catching up on Syria news

So, I kind of knew this was going to happen, but I’m still a little disappointed that it did. Syria isn’t on the headlines of every major media outlet anymore! This is not because the crisis is over or because … Continue reading

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Syrians who have inspired me – The real Leila. Chapter 9

When I started writing my novel, everyone asked me if it was autobiographical, if the main character was in some way a fictionalisation of myself. Well, the more I write, the more I believe that every character is, to some … Continue reading

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Syrians who have inspired me – fix-it bro. Chapter 8

A random fact about Syria: people there can fix ANYTHING. When I lived in the Medina, the University of Damascus dorms, we used electric hotplates and little gas burners (like oversized bunsen burners) to do our cooking. These little trinkets … Continue reading

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