Tuesday, April 25, 2023

The tailor, the hunchback, the Jew, the inspector and the Christian

I am rather surprised I haven't written about this before. It kicks off with this Icon passim from more than two years ago.

I have been reading Malcolm C. Lyons' "The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights" at the rate of one a day for so long now that I polished Night 884 off yesterday, but I keep thinking back to The Hunchback's Tale (Nights 24–34) though as it contains lessons for our times.

I went to see 'Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nights' which was written by Hannah Khalil in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe in London early in January and I have been following her on Twitter since then.

When I saw Hannah's tweet about a beautiful illustration someone called Bryony Devitt  had sent her as a gift I reached out and bought the original of Bryony's work based on 'The Hunchback's Tale' which you can see to the right.

When Bryony's framed ink on paper work arrived, I saw that she had included three signed, numbered, limited edition prints. Presents from her to me. I gave one to Helen, one to Rebecca, and the last one - today - to Jane as it is her birthday tomorrow.

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