Writing in the Time of War: a Conversation with Khaled Khalifa

On Saturday 12 March 2022, we were happy to host the Novelist Khalid Khalifa as part of the 5th annual Celebrating Syria Festival. Khaled Khalifa was our guest at the first Celebrating Syria Festival 2017 when he joined on skype from Damascus. Five years on, and having written two more critically acclaimed novels, Khalifa was with us in person, to tell us about his experience in the last 11 years of writing in the time of war or writing the war. It was a rare opportunity to meet one of Syria’s most celebrated novelists and audience loved listening to him

This event is part of the 5th Celebrating Syria: a Festival of Arts and Culture. For the full festival programme, please visit celebratingsyria.org

Building on 4 years of success, culminating in an entirely virtual festival in December 2020, Rethink Rebuild Society persists with its creative mission, showcasing the talent and creativity of Syrian artists in the UK and presenting a truly bright image of Syria and its culture and heritage, an image that has long been neglected amidst the war and the refugee crisis.

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Distance’, a title that is ‘inspired’ by social distancing measures imposed on us all as a result of the COVID-19, where isolation and distance became the norm and many people stayed away from loved ones. ‘Distance’ also sums up the experiences of many Syrian and non-Syrian people, forcibly displaced, exiled or refugees around the world as a result of injustice.