The peace deal signed between the Justice and Equality Movement and Khartoum on Tuesday gave me a chance to talk about my book on Al Jazeera. It’s always fun doing TV but I invariably come away remembering the things I should have said. Anyway, I think I made my point and great to be getting the … More TV Appearance
Organising some of my old pictures, and I thought I’d treat you to some of my favourites. Particularly as I’m nowhere more interesting than Crouch End at the moment. If you’ve ever wondered what happens to the old baggage trolleys at Heathrow, well they end up at El Fasher airport in Darfur. Presumably there’s been … More Trolleys in Darfur
At the weekend, leaders of the Justice and Equality Movement signed a ceasefire agreement with the Sudanese government which could lead to a final settlememt as early as next month. Good news from a part of the world that has had precious little to cheer about. But hang on, haven’t we been here before? … More On The One Hand
I’ve spent the past week taking my book on the road, describing its thesis to various audiences with different levels of interest in Sudan and Africa. It has been fun. I have five years of anecdotes with which to bore people. And the more I have talked about it, the more I have persuaded myself … More Reactions to Saving Darfur
Amnesty Ireland has cancelled the event scheduled for Thursday evening in Dublin. They wanted a second panellist to contradict my assessment of Darfur, but couldn’t find anyone in time. I’m sorry if you were planning to attend but hope you can make it to The Gutter Bookshop on Wednesday at 6pm instead.
Fantastic meeting set up by Arab Media Watch last night to promote my book. Good discussion with Julie Flint, whose grasp of detail in Darfur is frankly terrifying, and Sam Barratt, head of media at Oxfam, who gave a neat overview of some of the challenges facing aid agencies working in awkward places. A lot … More Big Pictures and Small Details
Today is launch day. The BBC World Service has me on its website and I gave my first talk about Saving Darfur yesterday to journalism students at City University. That went well, I think. They had some good questions and laughed at the slide of me on a donkey. Last week they had been told … More Launch Day
This arrives in my inbox, originating from the office of the outgoing UN Special Representative of the Secretary General to Sudan, Ashraf Jehangir… With brains like this at work, you can only wonder why Sudan remains in trouble… Esteemed Colleagues, Kindly note the following correction to the transcript of the above sent yesterday afternoon: The … More An Easy Mistake to Make
The Crilly roadshow has rolled into London for various stuff connected with the launch of my book. It’s going to be a fun experience but also a little odd. As a text journalist the most hi-tech I get tends to be my mobile phone. Today, I’ll be getting to grips with powerpoint ready for a … More Learn From My Mistakes
I like to think of myself as old-school. I didn’t do a fancy journalism course but worked my up through local weekly papers to the regionals and then the nationals. Journalism to me is just about asking questions and writing down the answers. Sure, along the way I did a shorthand course and picked up … More How Do You Report Rape?