Ahmad Danny Ramadan, writer of 'The Clothesline Swing' - LGBTQ and refugee campaigner, writer and speaker talks storytelling with friends, multiple outlines and deliberate confusion.
Ahmad Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author, storyteller and LGBTQ-refugee activist. He was forced to flee his home of Syria, and his debut novel 'The Clothesline Swing' is a sprawling, twisting tale trying to make sense of it. It focuses on 2 lovers in Syria, telling stories to work through what life in the country is. It sends the imagination all over the place, with no seeming link - and this is deliberate. Danny wanted his readers to feel detached and without ground to tread, and he explains why during the chat.
Also, we find out why Death plays a huge role as a character, how it was influenced by the classic 'One Thousand and One Nights', and why he was forced to leave Syria and the implications of what it means to be a refugee.
Writing-wise, we chat about intersectionality, the practicalities of plotting and working on multiple outlines for different characters.
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