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Description - Cool for Qat by Peter Mortimer

When author Peter Mortimer was commissioned to write a play about a little-known riot between Yemeni and British seamen at Mill Dam, South Shields, in 1930, he decided to take the long trip to Yemen itself in search of inspiration. Undeterred by post-11 September government warnings against visiting this 'highly dangerous' area, Mortimer set off and found an extraordinary and surprisingly Anglophile country. i>Cool for Qat documents this remarkable journey, during which Mortimer pieces together how the riots of 1930 arose and considers their relevance to Western attitudes towards Muslims today. He meets many remarkable characters along the way and immerses himself in the national custom of chewing the narcotic qat leaf. fter visiting the ex-British Protectorate of Aden - through which many of the seamen passed en route to Britain - Mortimer travels on to San'a and then Tai'iz. It is while visiting the isolated mountain villages surrounding this city that Mortimer finally meets men who worked in South Shields some 50 years ago. Carrying a battered book with images of Yemenis living in the North-east in the '30s from home to home, trying to jog distant memories, he realises h

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781840189469
ISBN-10: 1840189460
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Peter Mortimer

Peter Mortimer is a poet, playwright and editor who lives in the windy Northumbrian coastal village of Cullercoats. He is the editor of IRON Press and the artistic director of Cloud Nine Theatre Productions.

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