Poetry on Campus: Amir Darwish

Wednesday 14th October 2015

Amir Darwish was born in Syria in 1979 and came to the UK as an asylum seeker during the Second Gulf War. His poetry has been published in the USA, Pakistan, Finland, Morocco and Mexico. In 2014 he graduated from Teesside University and has recently completed an MA in International Studies at the University of Durham.

Don’t Forget the Couscous is a book of poetry about exile and home. It is a love-song to the Arab world – Syria, Kurdistan, Morocco and Palestine. It is a memoir of the failed Arab Spring and the civil-war that has turned Syria into a ‘fountain of blood’. It’s a bitter account of the demonization of Islam in the West, and the violent interference of the West in the Islamic world. It is about being a Muslim and not a terrorist.