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The latest from the blog

  • Zakaria Tamer

    Listen: Zakaria Tamer in conversation with Malu Halasa and special guest Alice Guthrie

    On 8 February 2016, Syrian author Zakaria Tamer joined in conversation with Malu Halasa and Alice Guthrie to launch and discuss Tamer's collection of very, very short stories, 'Breaking Knees'. Read more

  • Flash fiction writing

    Flash Fiction: Saying the Unsayable

    On 8 February 2016, we welcomed Syrian author Zakaria Tamer to Free Word Centre as he launched a collection of his very short stories. In the blog below, Aimee Parkison, an award-winning author and teacher of creative writing, shares her top twenty tips and tricks on the art of writing flash fiction - stories that are brief but brilliant, surprising the reader with unconventional narrative forms as they interact with several artistic mediums. Read more

  • Sahara desert

    Breaking knees, taboos, and the borders of language

    On 8 February 2016, Syrian author Zakaria Tamer launched a collection of very short stories here at Free Word Centre. Ahead of his visit, Elisabeth Jaquette, a translator from the Arabic, discussed a selection of contemporary fiction from the Middle East. In the article below, she explores how it interacts with the culture and customs of the region through folklore, landscape, politics and society. Read more