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.


6 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.

  3. I am so pleased to have bought and read this book based on my appreciation and enjoyment of the novel, ‘Here Casts No Shadow’ .
    I am not an activist. I wanted others to do something to salve my troubled mind and this horrible war on a people.
    I am not an activist. I did not act.
    I am a reader and my heart and mind were engaged in this book. It is beautifully written while telling such dark thoughts. There is no place for recrimination here but an appeal not to forget. I embrace these stories and may my actions and deeds towards others, now reflect that, these words have moved me and re-engaged my humanity.

    1. Thank you Richard. I am sorry I did not reply before. I appreciate your comments. Very much! Best wishes, Bronwen.

  4. This was the first book of yours I read and I did so in one go like a flash read. I found it very powerful and it resonated with my concerns about Syria. I used an extract from it with my students on a short story course which unfortunately was ended by the pandemic.

    I’ve been reading lately about Shamila Begum and did you say you had partly written a story based on hers?

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