image for Literary Event item typeDiana Darke: My House in Damascus at Richmond Lending Library

Literary Event, Sun 6 Nov 2016


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Fluent Arabic speaker Diane Darke became deeply embedded in all levels of Syrian society when she bought and restored a house in a mixed Sunni/Shi’a neighbourhood of the walled Old City of Damascus. As fighting intensified and millions were forced to flee their homes, she offered her house as a sanctuary to friends.

By following her experiences and struggles with the realities of life on the ground inside Syria, what emerges is a clearer understanding of why the country remains locked in conflict and why most ordinary Syrians are caught between a repressive government and a splintering opposition, now overshadowed by a monster called ISIS.

Diana Darke is the author of the Bradt Travel Guide to Syria and has had a keen interest in the country since her first visit in 1978. She was forced to leave Damascus when the revolution began, but she has returned five times since.

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Sun 6 Nov 2016 15:00


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