Archive for August, 2013

Earlier this year we were delighted to host an event with the novelists Sam Thompson and Salah Al Haddad. Sam, also a lecturer in English at St Anne’s College, Oxford, and Salah, from Tripoli, had been paired as part of a British Council scheme in which writers from the UK and elsewhere visited each other’s home cities. During Salah’s visit to Oxford, he and Sam discussed his work at a special Oxford Student PEN event. Now Sam has interviewed Salah forĀ Guernica magazine: in a brilliant and fascinating conversation, which also draws on Sam’s experiences from his visit to Tripoli, they discuss Salah’s exile in Ireland, the attempts to revive Libya’s long-suppressed culture, and writing and freedom.