Bridport Literary Festival Charity Number: © The Bridport Literary Festival Charity No: 1147075

 

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Bridport Literary Festival Charity Number: © The Bridport Literary Festival Charity No: 1147075

A Very Special Literary Event

hosted by The Friends of the Bridport Literary Festival

 

Monday 8 May at 2.30pm

 

Dr. Philip Mansel gives an Illustrated Talk on
his book: ALEPPO - The Rise and Fall of
Syria's Great Merchant City

 

Aleppo is now a city in ruins, bombed by the
Syrian Air Force, threatened by ISIL, its
population decimated. Dr. Mansel reveals the
little-known but vibrant history of Aleppo, one of
the world's oldest and continuously inhabited
cities. He has collated a rich array of
contemporary accounts by British and French
Consuls and merchants who for 400 years
called Aleppo home, and uncovers a cultural
melting pot, famed in the Ottoman Empire for
its souks, its food and its music. Aleppo was at
the crossroads of the East and the West where
Muslims, Christians and Jews lived and traded
together in peace for five centuries. Dr. Mansel's
book describes Aleppo's decline from a pinnacle
of cultural and economic power. His is a
poignant testament to a city shattered by Syria's
Civil War.

 

Dr. Mansel is a historian of France and the
Middle East. He has lived in Paris, Beirut and
Istanbul and has returned frequently to Aleppo
since his first visit in 1969.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 8 May at 2.30pm

at The Tithe Barn, Symondsbury Estate, Bridport DT6 6HG

 

Tickets: £12 to include Dorset Cream Tea and Apple Cake

 

Available from: The Bridport Tourist Information Centre South Street Bridport  Telephone Number: 01308 424 901 or on the door

 

For local and latest information contact the Bridport Tourist Information Centre