Event / Cambridge Literary Festival

Diana Darke at Cambridge Literary Festival

24 Nov 2018 – 2.30 - 3.30pm

Over millennia, Syria has seen great conflict and turmoil, yet somehow it continues to survive. Diana Darke, who has lived and worked in the Middle East for over thirty years, tells the story of Syria, both as a nation built on trade, and through the lens of the life of one remarkable man – cloth merchant Abu Chaker, who escaped the country to eventually build up a global textile brand.

Blending human interest and history, The Merchant of Syria contains a heartfelt plea for multiculturalism, and sets out the possibility of retaining the best of one culture while still adapting to another. Join Darke for a fascinating conversation on survival against the odds.

In conversation with Siân Kevill, former Editor of BBC Newsnight and Director of Make Waves – making films that have social impact

Diana Darke is an Arabist and cultural expert who has lived and worked in the Middle East for over thirty years. She is the author of My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Crisis. Her links to Syria are deep and ongoing.

The Merchant of Syria
A History of Survival
Cambridge Literary Festival
Old Divinity School
St John's College
Trinity Street