Editing the graphic memoir

The Wolf of Baghdad is being published early 2020 as a graphic novel by Myriad Editions so I am currently in editing mode with their creative director Corinne Pearlman. Corinne has been at the heart of the UK’s comic scene for many years and has been giving me some wonderful creative direction already. She had […]

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Family recollections

Much of The Wolf of Baghdad is based on family testimonies that I have collected for this project or heard over the years. Last year I asked members of my family, either face-to-face or over Skype, for recollections of their lives in Baghdad. I then drew their portrait and used some of the quotes as […]

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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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War Rugs

I think I first heard the term listening to Amy Ray’s song War Rugs (Amy is half of the American folk duo Indigo Girls). These are her lyrics: War rugs in the hallway Prayer rugs on the wall Who’s walkin’ tall? I should be kneelin’ (Bridge) Soldier girl, oh, soldier boy Tell me what to […]

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Matriarchs

Here are some portraits of the women of my family¬†wearing the traditional Iraqi-Jewish dress of the early 1900’s. Out of their ghostly clothing (as seen in the memoir) at last!  

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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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Home

Here’s another in the series of short videos from The Wolf of Baghdad. This time its about where you belong – is it the place of your birth, or your parents’ homeland? Especially if you’re first-generation British, living in one world in the family home and in another outside. We grew up with Arabic (both […]

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