Up On The Roof

I was often told about the hot summer nights in Baghdad and how everyone would take their beds up on the roof to sleep under the stars. My aunt Yvonne recalled: “Beds with mosquito nets were set up and the whole family slept there. For a little girl the night sky dense with stars was […]

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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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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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A Room With A View

In the graphic memoir my character explores the house in which she finds herself. The classic Baghdadi house had a room on the second floor called the kabishkan which had glass-fronted walls that looked out onto the inner courtyard. It was used as a living room and sometimes as a storage space for dried food. My aunt Flora […]

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Ghosts and the cartoon mentor

I know what you’re thinking. No, not a cartoon mentor but a mentor who happens to be an actual, living cartoonist. In this case one Hilary Price, the creator of the award-winning Rhymes With Orange cartoon strip which appears in many newspapers in the USA and internationally. She also teaches cartooning at the Centre for Cartoon […]

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