Not Here, Not Us



My collection of short stories and flash fiction about the Syria crisis was published on the 5th December2016 by Earlyworks Press, Hastings. The book is available to order priced £8.50 from your local bookshop or via Amazon.

The title, Not Here, Not Us, reflects the attitudes the world has taken to the Syrian Revolution and to the refugees fleeing the war.

This war scars us all. Even if we turn away from it, it is always there like our own shadow.

Writing may not be able to change the world but stories open our minds. To others. To different possibilities.

The border is a river, a mountain range, a line on the map, a sentry post, a wall, barbed wire. The border is a way of thinking, a national debate, it’s something your mother embroidered, it’s a frame surrounding a picture, a passport, a margin, the edge of something, a riot of flowers.

If you want to read about how and why the Revolution started, I suggest you try Burning Country by Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami – or The Crossing by Samar Yazbek.

Many people helped me in the writing of this book and I thank them all, but special thanks to the Syrians who rose up against tyranny and have paid, and are still paying, the ultimate price.


2 thoughts on “Not Here, Not Us”

  1. Congratulations, Bronwen! You have been a stalwart activist in support of Syrians – and now a book too! – reflecting your close tracking of Syrian events and your empathy with Syrians, as well as the actions of the solidarity movement

  2. Hi Bronwen! I just read your post on, and am so glad to learn about your book. My debut novel will be published next year and while it’s contemporary women’s fiction set in the U.S., it touches on Syria, and asylum, and the responsibilities we have to each other. (And, coincidentally, has a character named Bronwyn.) I look forward to reading your book.

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