Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

New article: Nihad Sirees interviewed

The Arab Review, 28th May 2013

Sitting in the foyer of a London hotel, Sirees looks tired and a little dazed, but is cheerfully talkative.“The news every day affects me very much, it makes me worry all the time about the city and my beloved ones in Aleppo,” he says. But he is surprisingly positive about the experience of being a writer in exile. Taking refuge in Cairo and then at Brown University’s International Writer’s Project has, he says, allowed him to write more freely about his country’s politics. Cairo, he says, “is a better place for writing, for relationships with writers and a creative atmosphere,” whilst Brown “is amazing. They brought me here and said: just sit and write!”

The full article is here.

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