Henna Patterns – Intricate

In the school I work at in Mwanza,Tanzania, I teach number of girls who regularly have their hands painted with henna (mehndi) – whether it is for a religious festival, a wedding or just a public holiday, the girls will come in with their arms covered in these beautiful intricate patterns. The art of henna…

Driving home for Christmas, although I’m not really sure where home is anymore.

Driving home for Christmas – although, to be honest, I am not entirely sure where home is anymore, I’ve lived in so many different places: Crewe in Cheshire, Baldock in Hertfordshire, Manchester, London, Katowice in Poland, Coimbra in Portugal, Nottingham, Damascus in Syria, Sheffield, Hong Kong, Cairo, Mytholmroyd in West Yorkshire, not including my gap…

Children playing with toy guns celebrating Eid al Fitr

Back in 2002, I visited the small island of Arwad, just off the coast of Syria. I was visiting the coastal town of Tartous for the festival of Eid al Fitr, the feast which celebrates the end of Ramadan. The island was a frenzy of holiday excitement, and walking around the old fortress, I came…