When author Samantha Herron visited Morocco for the first time it changed the course of her life. On her return to London she abandoned her successful art career in order to study Arabic. She went on to live with a family of former nomads in Morocco’s Draa Valley, on the edge of the Sahara Desert.
Her previous work includes the English and Arabic publication Dardasha: Testimonies of Migration by Moroccan Women (Soul Bay Press 2011) which was produced in association with Al Hasaniya Moroccan Women’s Centre and featured at Nour Festival of Arts 2013.
Her debut collection of short stories The Djinn in the Skull: Stories from hidden Morocco is her first work of fiction.
Samantha has given readings and talks about her experiences in Morocco and the stories in The Djinn in the Skull : at the 2014 Nour Festival of Arts, the 2015 Gibraltar International Literary Festival, the 2016 Oxford Literary Festival and the 2016 Liverpool Arab Arts Festival. In 2016 she gave a series of talks at the Arabic Language Institute Fez and the American Cultural Associations’s Language Centres in Morocco.
Samantha is currently writing a novel inspired by her own experiences in Morocco.
© Samantha Herron 2015