|Image: Thaer Maarouf, Syria…. 2012|
I was pleased to have an essay published in issue 29 of N+1. Fairouz in Exile came out of a couple of years' worth of conversations with my friend Ahmad from Syria, who arrived in Germany in 2015. It's about exile, siege, routine and ritual, and the particular emotional contortions of refugee life in the age of social media.
I have also been working on Immanuel, a book-length essay for Fitzcarraldo Editions, after I won their inaugural essay prize in 2016. It touches on questions of faith and doubt, community and tyranny, and the strange connections between a small Middle England evangelical church and a messianic millionaire televangelist from Nigeria. I have been neck-deep in anthropology, interview transcripts, church magazines and evangelical literature from the 1990s, from which the above quote is taken (the radically uncompromising God Chasers by Tommy Tenney). It's fun and challenging to write something book-length. I hope to finish it later in 2018.