MOROCCAN SHORT STORIES BY LONDON AUTHOR WHO LIVED WITH FORMER NOMADS ON THE EDGE OF THE SAHARA DESERT
The Djinn in the Skull: Stories from hidden Morocco by Samantha Herron
Tahir Shah, author of The Caliph’s House and In Arabian Nights, comments: ‘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. This magical realm has traditionally been received orally, and not through written text. It exists, not in the grand touristic sites, but in the ancient fabric of places like the Draa Valley, from where her stories come. A wonderful collection, highly recommended.’
Tim Mackintosh-Smith, Arabist and author of Travels with a Tangerine: A Journey in the Footnotes of Ibn Battutah, comments: ‘Samantha Herron found some of her Moroccan stories ready-made. Others she imagined or dreamed. In size they are miniatures; but they all express big things on a small scale. Reading them is like peering through a series of keyholes – and, each time, glimpsing something momentary but momentous, instants with life-long consequences. They will make you smile, and shiver. And they will tell you as much truth about their Moroccan setting as a shelf-full of ethnologies.’
Samantha Herron’s previous work includes the English and Arabic publication Dardasha: Testimonies of Migration by Moroccan Women (Soul Bay Press 2011) which was produced in association with the Al Hasaniya Moroccan Women’s Centre in London and featured at London’s Nour Festival 2013. She presented some of the stories from The Djinn in the Skull: Stories from hidden Morocco as part of The Storytelling Circle at Nour Festival 2014. This is her first work of fiction.
The Djinn in the Skull: Stories from hidden Morocco will be published on 23rd October 2015. A free advance copy of the publication for reviewers will be available from mid-July, on request from the publisher Soul Bay Press. Author and book cover photos can be downloaded from the publisher’s website. The author is available for interviews, readings and signings and can be contacted via the publisher. She will be giving readings of her stories in London and Morocco in 2015 and 2016.
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