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.