Tea and talismans

On a hike through the desert mountains of Jordan last month I met some Bedouins. Over a cup of tooth-curling sweet tea we discussed, amongst other things, wolves. Suleiman, a local tribesman, told me that they also have the wolf myth in their culture. A wolf’s tooth, sin-el-ḏheeb, is tied to a piece of coloured thread […]

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Thank you…

Many thanks to all those who braved the icy conditions and came to the test performance of the Wolf of Baghdad at Laydeez Do Comics here in London last week. Your support was much appreciated and the feedback forms you kindly filled in will help inform the project’s completion next year. (See below for one […]

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Remembering Iraq

On the Tube home the other night, after a screening of the wonderful new documentary Remember Baghdad, I fell into conversation with one of the audience, an Iraqi lady called Dina. We were complete strangers but found ourselves talking about the film and its effect on us. She told me that she had lost her […]

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Arabic calligraphy

Our Iraqi friend Al, who you met in an earlier post, has revealed himself to be something of an artist and calligrapher. He recently sent me a stylised version of the Wolf of Baghdad in Arabic script. He wrote “Arabic letters could be modified in shape to add difference to the form that constitute an […]

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broadcasting the wolf

Many thanks to Gil Karpas and the JMI (Jewish Music Institute) for interviewing me earlier this week for their monthly podcast. Also featured is Daniel Jonas, founder of new Judeo-Arabic band 3Ayin, multi-instrumentalist and singer and, happily, my musical collaborator.  

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My Grandmother’s stories

My cousin Jonathan has recently started learning Arabic. He remarked to me that its “more of a nostalgia for the sounds of my childhood. I’m constantly surprised at the words that come back to me and the memories they evoke.”  I understand that very well.  Listening back to my uncle Nessim Hay’s recordings of my […]

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Tea, cake and graphic novels

The graphic novel forum Laydeez Do Comics are kindly hosting me next month to present excerpts from the work in progress. I’m about a third of the way through the graphic memoir and will show it as a slideshow, accompanied by music from the newly-formed Judeo-Arabic ensemble 3Ayin (pronounced ‘ayin’ and meaning ‘eye’ in Hebrew). It […]

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