Sudan, Writing

Speaking about Sudan novel at Vancouver Public Library

By Alison Bate Hi! I'll be joining four other authors at the Vancouver Public Library this Sunday to talk about my upcoming debut novel. The novel's set in Sudan, where I taught English for a while, and tells the story of three very different women confronting their individual fears. Fatima, the second of three wives,… Continue reading Speaking about Sudan novel at Vancouver Public Library

Portfolio, Sudan, Travel

Sufi dancers in Omdurman

  It seemed an indelicate way to arrive at a religious ceremony. We bumped in, out and around gravestones set in desert scrub, before pulling up in the minivan in front of a huge circle of men in white robes. The pounding beat got louder as we walked to the edges of the circle and… Continue reading Sufi dancers in Omdurman

Sudan, Travel

Memories of Bint el Sudan

By Alison Bate My article about the perfume Bint el Sudan and my grandfather was published in Reader's Digest Canada in December 2009. However, there wasn't room to include all the stories I collected about the perfume. Here are some of them, including those from perfumers who used to work at the U.K. company of Bush… Continue reading Memories of Bint el Sudan