Rania Abouzeid will be discussing her new book No Turning Back: Life, Loss and Hope in wartime Syria with journalist Lyse Doucet.
Rania’s new book is published to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of war in Syria. It tells the personal stories from the conflict from rebels and exiles, radical Islamists and their victims. The book is based on over five years of reporting on the frontlines of the war. Rania has been collecting stories and untangling the ideologies and allegiances that make up the conflict since the first protests in Damascus in 2011.
Rania Abouzeid is a journalist with well over fifteen years experience in the Middle East. She is a print and television journalist, fluent in Arabic. Her first documentary, Syria: Behind Rebel Lines, won a Canadian Screen Award. She is shortlisted for at least a dozen other international accolades, including thrice a finalist for the Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents and twice for the One World Media International Journalist of the Year. Rania regularly writes for the New Yorker, National Geographic, The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, The Australian, CSM, and a host of other publications.
Lyse Doucet is an award winning Chief International Correspondent and Senior Presenter for BBC World News television and BBC World Service Radio. She is regularly deployed to anchor special news coverage from the field and interview world leaders. Lyse also reports across the BBC including for BBC Newsnight. She played a key role in the BBC’s coverage of the “Arab Spring” across the Middle East and North Africa and has covered all the major stories in the region for the past 20 years.