Syria and Turkey commentary

Upcoming Events

27 April 2018, Anna Lindh Foundation, Cork Festival of Books, talk on new book The Merchant of Syria

26 April 2018, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, 13.10 talk on Islam and Christianity: A Faith Shared or Divided?

25 April 2018, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, 18.30 talk on new book The Merchant of Syria

12 March 2018, Daunts Marylebone, London W1, 18.30 talk on new book The Merchant of Syria

15 March 2018, Ampleforth School, 11.30 talk on Syria and My House in Damascus

18 March 2018, Words by the Water Literary Festival, Cumbria 14.30:

8 March 2018, New Hall School, Chelmsford, 1400 talk on Syria and My House in Damascus

2 February 2018, Destinations Travel, Earls Court, London, 10.45 talk on the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Iran

26 January 2018, Kingswood School, Bath, 14.00 talk on Syria and My House in Damascus

24 January 2018, UCL, London, 1715 talk on Syria and My House in Damascus

23 October 2017, V&A Culture in Crisis: At Home in Syria 19.00-20.45:


21 July 2017, Celebrating Syria Festival, Manchester, My House in Damascus 19.00-20.30:



14 July 2017, Dartington Ways With Words Festival, Great Hall, Demystifying Syria, 11.45-13.00:


22 June 2017, Portsmouth Speakers Festival, 10-11.15am

22 June 2017, Crossing Borders Festival, Brighton Unitarian Church, Reading from My House in Damascus

25 May 2017, Asia Literary Festival, Asia House London W1, in conversation with Andrea Hoffman, co-author of The Girl Who Beat ISIS 18.45-20.00 with drinks reception till 21.00

17 May 2017, Asia Literary Festival, Asia House London W1, in conversation with Ece Temelkuran, author of Women Who Blow on Knots 18.45-20.00

11 May 2017, Chipping Campden Litfest, 4pm, illustrated Syria talk

11 May 2017, Chipping Campden School, 1.10-2.15pm, illustrated Syria talk

7 May 2017, Hexham Book Festival with Emma Jane Kirby, 1.30pm

3 May 2017, Daunts Marylebone, 7-8pm in conversation with Elliot Ackerman, author of Dark at the Crossing 

8 April 2017, Sheffield Museum, Millenium Gallery, Sheffield, 2-3.30pm, part of panel discussion on Migrants: Myths and Misunderstandings with Louise Haigh MP

25 March 2017, Salisbury Speakers Festival, Syria Talk, 5-6.15pm

11 March 2017, Huddersfield Literary Festival 7-8pm:


8 March 2017, Exeter Arabic Poetry Prize Adjudication, followed by evening talk on My House In Damascus

4 March 2017, Cumbria Words by the Water Literary Festival, 2.30pm Syria talk:

http://www.wayswithwords.co.uk/uploads/festivals/brochures/107.pdf  (page 9)

28 February 2017, Syria talk to 6th form at Ashford School, Ashford, Kent

20 February 2017, Syria talk at Purbeck Literary Festival, The Black Swan, Wareham

6 February 2017 Syrian refugee talk at The Hague, How to do Good, Philanthropy Age

3 February 2017, Syria talk at Google Talks, London Head Office

February 2017, 2 schools talks to 6th formers

30 January 2017, Syria talk at Eton College, Middle East Society

December 2016, 3 schools talk to 6th formers

27 November 2016 http://www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com/events/an-inside-view-of-the-syrian-crisis/

25 November 2016 http://www.lewesspeakersfestival.com/

6 November 2016 http://www.richmondliterature.com/shop/4579207128/diana-darke–my-house-in-damascus/8785160

29 October 2016 http://shutefest.org.uk/programme.html

25 October 2016 Wadhurst Literary Lounge http://www.barnettsbooks.com/literary-lounge.html

14 October 2016 http://blenheimpalaceliteraryfestival.com/literature-events/2016/october-14/my-house-in-damascus-an-inside-view-of-the-syrian-crisis

7 October 2016 http://www.chichesterspeakersfestival.co.uk/

4 October 2016 Syria talk at Guildford Travel Club

2 October 2016 http://www.wimbledonbookfest.org/Events/2016Events/DianaDarke.aspx

September 2016 Syria talks to 6th formers at 6 schools

24 August 2016 http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event-details?EventID=1393

13 August 2016 https://llangwmlitfest.eventcube.io/events/4342/my-house-in-damascus-an-inside-view-of-the-syrian-crisis-by-diana-darke/

12 July 2016 https://www.wayswithwords.co.uk/festivals/the-telegraph-ways-with-words-festival-at-dartington-hall-24/events/inside-syria-1734

25 June 2016 http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/drawing-a-line-1001775?dt=2016-06-25


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