Syria– an inside view
Diana has written three books on Syria – My House in Damascus, The Merchant of Syria and The Last Sanctuary in Aleppo. All are true stories, written from on the ground, inside Syria. She knew the country extremely well even before the war, having travelled all round it extensively, as author of the Bradt guide to Syria. She was preparing its third edition when the war broke out.
Diana Darke is a Middle East cultural expert, Arabist, BBC broadcaster and journalist. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph and Al Araby. She graduated from Wadham College, Oxford, in 1977, where she studied German and Philosophy/Arabic, then went on to work for the British Government Communications Headquarters and Racal Electronics Plc as an Arabic consultant. In 2005, Diana purchased a 17th-century courtyard house in the Old City of Damascus, which enabled her to become deeply embedded in Syrian society and culture. Diana has returned seven times since the Rebellion began in March 2011 and her links inside the country are deep and ongoing. The house is currently lived in by Syrian refugee friends displaced from their own homes by shelling in the suburbs.
|And here is a link to an interview she gave recently|
National Poet of Wales 2008-2016
Born in Cardiff, Wales Gillian Clarke is a poet, playwright, editor and translator (from Welsh). She is also president and co-founder of Ty Newydd, winner of both the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and the Wilfred Owen Association Poetry Award, as well as a Tutor on M.Phil course in Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan. Her poetry is studied by GCSE and A Level students throughout Britain. Her poetry collections include, A Recipe for Water, Letter from a Far Country and Making the Beds.
Hot Strings Café
A fantastic group of musicians who bring you jazz in the Brewery.