The small, medieval city of Durham, UK and the bustling metropolis of Amman, Jordan, might seem worlds apart. But for writers Linda France and Mofleh al-Adwan, who are swapping places as part of a unique creative exchange programme called Alta’ir (bird), each provides a rich source of literary inspiration. We found out more with Linda and Fadia Faqir (initiator of the exchange) ahead of their appearance at Durham Book Festival.
Fadia, you’re the initiator of this exchange. What inspired you to set it up?
We live in dark times and are witnessing the return of the ultra-right and fascism. To counter the rise of racism and xenophobia, I began thinking about a project that could be an antidote to the toxic culture of hate prevailing all over the world. An exchange programme between Jordan and Durham, UK, seemed a fitting way of challenging preconceptions and creating meaningful dialogue between…
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