On 20 June, an interview on ABC RN Drive aired with Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks and me, discussing the compilation of essays ‘Kingdom of Olives and Ash’, Geraldine’s contribution and the now 51-year occupation of the Palestinian Territories:
In 2017, Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon published a book of stories and essays about Israel and Palestine, marking what they refer to as the 50th anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank.
For the book, Kingdom of Olives and Ash, they invited some of the best writers in the world to visit the countries and document the human stories happening away from the headlines.
For Pulitzer-prize winner Geraldine Brooks, this marked a return to the region, having worked for years as a Middle East correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in the 1980s and 90s.
In the Drawing Room, Brooks and Liam Getreu from the New Israel Fund Australia Foundation spoke about the collection and about the conflict.