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The Djinn in the Skull: Stories from Hidden Morocco

Wednesday 6 April 2016

1 Hour


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Author Samantha Herron introduces her new set of stories based in contemporary Morocco and inspired by her long immersion in the culture, language, traditions and storytelling of the country.

Herron fell in love with Morocco many years ago. It led her to study Arabic and spend time living with a Berber family of former nomads on the edge of the Sahara Desert. She was captivated by the ancient art of storytelling and began to capture the stories she was hearing. She then found herself imagining and composing her own stories, which she has just published in this new collection.

“Samantha Herron has succeeded triumphantly in doing what many Occidental writers have failed in for centuries – showing Morocco from the inside out. The stories she has so eloquently told are part of the ‘real’ Morocco, a kingdom that is so often invisible to visitors.” Tahir Shah, author of The Caliph’s House and In Arabian Nights.

Herron’s previous works include Dardasha: Testimonies of Migration by Moroccan Women. The Djinn in the Skull: Stories from Hidden Morocco is her first work of fiction.
Here she talks to writer and critic Iain Finlayson, author of Tangier: City of the Dream and books editor of Saga magazine.

Programme of African literature and culture.