Winter 2020 News

Welcome to winter (or summer depending on which hemisphere you are reading this!). I hope that you are all well wherever you are. Much as happened since we last met… GUARDIAN’S BEST GRAPHIC NOVELS of 2020 THE GUARDIAN picked The Wolf of Baghdad as one of their best graphic novels of 2020! You can buy […]

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May 2020 news

GREETINGS FROM LOCKDOWN LONDON I hope you are safe and well during these extraordinary times. It’s been quite an adjustment for us all hasn’t it?  Unfortunately, the next live performance of The Wolf of Baghdad motion comic at Songlines Festival in London on 31st May has been cancelled but I will let you know if […]

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November News

It was an honour to be invited to perform The Wolf of Baghdad at this year’s UK Jewish Film Festival. Taking place at the Phoenix Cinema, one of the oldest purpose-built cinemas in the UK (built in 1910), we had another full house with a long waiting list. Apologies to those who weren’t able to […]

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Another London Performance

Happy to announce that there will be another performance of The Wolf of Baghdad next February. It will be at SOAS University, London (the School of Oriental and African Studies) in conjunction with the UK’s Jewish Music Institute on Monday 18th February at 6.30pm. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion from leading academic […]

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The Past is Another Country

How can we remain fully in the present when the past is still on our minds? Being so immersed in my family’s history this last year has proved something of a challenge. There’s been no great epiphany or sense of closure on completion of this memoir, just sadness at what has been lost and still […]

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The Writing on the Wall

The Farhud (Arabic word for ‘pogrom’) took place on June 1st 1941. Following a power vacuum that followed the collapse of the pro-Nazi government of the time, people rioted against the Jewish population for two days. Many were killed, their homes and businesses destroyed. It spelled the beginning of the end for the Jews of […]

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The Sound of Iraq

I was recently given a book of songs by Daoud and Saleh al Kuwaiti, two Jewish Iraqi brothers who wrote and recorded so much music that still remains popular throughout the Arab world today. The song featured below is one of their most popular: ‘Tadini’ (تآذيني)/’You Hurt Me’. ‘You hurt me, you hurt me/Oh my beloved, […]

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Storks and a sandstorm

Well, I have now finished the memoir and am in the process of turning it into a semi-animated slideshow. Did you know that there’s a term for this type of thing? It’s called ‘motion comics’. Lately, I’ve been having a recurring dream about storks and sandstorms…        

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