To mark the eighth anniversary of the Syrian uprising (which began on 15th March 2011), the poet, classicist and Hellenophile Ruth Padel joins Syrian-born, UK-based artist Issam Kourbaj in a collaboration to honour the courage of the refugees and the generosity of the islanders.

Kourbaj’s artwork is both in response to the ongoing Syrian tragedy and inspired by 5thcentury BC Syrian vessels in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, UK. Through poetry and art, Dark Water, Burning World explores the visible and invisible scars of loss scorched into escaping Syrians by separation from their homeland.

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