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  1. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    Bronwen Griffiths is the author. She says of this work: “My collection of short stories and flash fiction about the Syria crisis was published on the 5th December2016 by Earlyworks Press, Hastings. The title, Not Here, Not Us, reflects the attitudes the world has taken to the Syrian Revolution and to the refugees fleeing the war.” The book cover further says: ‘She is a member of Syrian Solidarity UK, a network of activists committed to solidarity with the Syrian Revolution. Inspiration for this co Bronwen Griffiths is the author. She says of this work: “My collection of short stories and flash fiction about the Syria crisis was published on the 5th December2016 by Earlyworks Press, Hastings. The title, Not Here, Not Us, reflects the attitudes the world has taken to the Syrian Revolution and to the refugees fleeing the war.” The book cover further says: ‘She is a member of Syrian Solidarity UK, a network of activists committed to solidarity with the Syrian Revolution. Inspiration for this collection has come from her contact with Syrian activists both inside and outside Syria, and refugees fleeing the Assad regime.” I was drawn to this book having read her marvellous novel 'Here Casts No Shadow'. In her Acknowledgements she writes: “This is a complex war with many players, but I make no apology for my partisan approach. Yet I hope my stories show compassion for all sides caught up in the conflict.” I am not an activist. Watching the growing problems in Syria I felt becalmed, unable to make a difference where politicians would not lead. It was always on the news, we seemed impotent while civilians died but as a country, the UK government sent aide to support refugees in the surrounding region. Then something weird happened; despite all the hours of TV coverage a small refugee boy was drowned, and his body washed up on a beach; things appeared to change overnight, and an army of refugees crossed from Turkey and marched through Europe to the richer countries prepared to offer sanctuary. Where are the news items now? As the UK is caught up in Brexit. Perhaps the German Chancellor is going to pay a political price for her welcoming stance. I am not an activist and I am less informed as media attention has moved on. To understand better I need an activist to present me with information. Having read this collection of short stories I can think of no-one better suited to that roll. Her writing is tight, thought provoking and sheds a light upon a situation we could never ignore, or hope would disappear. We have a responsibility to try to understand. Through her poems, crisp vignettes and short stories I feel better able to respond. I love the expression flash fiction it reminds me of social media but makes me feel like I have a direct link to the emotions and feelings shared. This book is non-judgement. It doesn’t enlist the reader into a lynching party or waste energy condemning individuals. But you will feel like that person on the train who quickly forgets the refugee out of the window. Are guilt I guess can never pass as modern life means we saw if remotely the destruction of a country, its people and when they fled we didn’t embrace them. I like stuff that makes me think. I like my understanding to be a first-hand experience and this work has given me food for thought. Hopefully a broader mind and compassionate heart. I share two pieces with you. • “Life” They took his life and hers, and the child’s and they took ten thousand more, no, not ten they multiplied this number again by ten and added to this and all the time we watched and noted the names and faces but there were so many in the end that we could no longer count or remember, and the people became like grains of sand on the shore but oh, how each one glittered there in its absolute perfection. • “Falling” You fell like an autumn leaf You fell and a red stain clotted the dead ground You lay crumpled As the pages of an old newspaper like the one you worked for. Why did they kill you? For your words? Your kindness? Or for no sense at all? I strongly encourage you to look out for this book. I feel more hopeful and better prepared. Currently only £2.63 on Amazon UK, but worth £8.50 in anyone’s money: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mark Mouse

  3. 4 out of 5

    Franziska Walter

  4. 5 out of 5

    SarahJaneSmith

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alex Showell

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melodie Pearse

  7. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anna Halabi

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pascale Hall

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anika

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