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*This essay is based on a talk I gave on art in times of conflict. I would like to start by paying tribute to all the artists currently living in conflict areas, breathing life into spaces filled with blood. I’m in awe of their work and inspired by the opportunity they carve out in the… Continue reading On the healing powers of fiction in times of war
Last Friday I got my first tattoo. (I say first because I have a feeling there will be another one at some point in my life). I've wanted one for a while but fear had always prevented me. I was afraid of the pain. Afraid of society's reactions (my parents, Yemeni community, colleagues). Afraid of… Continue reading Pleasurable pain
First published on Laformoisie. This sitara decorated our wall in Sana'a, then Tunis and now Lille. It desperately needs to be washed but I don't want to lose the bukhoor scent of a 'once upon a time' qat filled room. I'm afraid that if the smell disappears or the colors lose their vibrancy, then I would be deprived of a lifeline… Continue reading The Sitara
These authors and poets have helped me overcome my doubt, especially on those dreadful days when it all seems utterly fruitless. A good reminder of the importance of perspective: “You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can't, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world... The… Continue reading Inspiring quotes about writing
This started off as a drawing of colorful Yemeni houses to hang in my daughter Lilia's room. Then, it quickly turned into an anti-war poster.
Sana'a is a must no matter how long the journey.