Blythe Spirits

In December 1958 the Egyptian magazine “The Spirit World” published the account of one of their seances. Among the spirits who appeared were King Faisal of Iraq, King Abdullah of Jordan and the former Prime Minister of Egypt and Nationalist hero, Saad Zaghloul. The answers that they give seem to chime a little too conveniently…

Get out of Sudan!

Last night brought the wonderful news that the Sudanese author Bushra al-Fadil has won the Caine Prize for one of the stories included in The Book of Khartoum, which came out last year. In honour of him I am going to write a short blog about a pamphlet that I picked up in Cairo a…