Suad Amiry: conservation architecture and Palestine

From Saturday Morning, 9:40 am on 9 April 2016
Suad Amiry

Suad Amiry. Photo: supplied

Palestinian author Suad Amiry started her working career as an architect and preservationist of historic buildings. She is founder of the Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation, which works for the rehabilitation and protection of architectural heritage in Palestine.

She taught architecture at a university in Ramallah, where she lives, for many years, and has written extensively on the subject. But it was a book of journal entries and emails to friends written in 2002 when Prime Minister Ariel Sharon put Ramallah under a 43 day curfew that gained her worldwide attention.

That book, Sharon and My Mother in Law deals with various political issues but is full of humour, largely from having to endure her 92 year old mother in law living with her family through the curfew.

She's also the author of the 2014 book Goulda Slept Here, a first person narrative about the ordeal faced by Palestinians, telling the stories of her friends and family.

Suad Amiry will be here in May to speak at three events at the Auckland Writers Festival.