Geneva Literary Aid Society

The GLAS Hour – Meet the Author: Patrick Cockburn (21.05.2020)

The renowned war correspondent Patrick Cockburn who forecast the rise of ISIS in 2014, will provide the GLAS Hour with a first taste of his new book War in the Age of Trump this Thursday evening at 20:00 CEST. The book is due out in July and promises to be a fascinating on-the-ground account of conflict and politics in the Middle East labyrinth.

How to join us

Thursday 21 May 2020, 20:00 CEST

You can join the event by clicking the link below before the event begins. It will enable you to download and install the Zoom application, which you can also use to submit questions to the author.

We will also stream the event live on our Facebook page.

Introducing Patrick Cockburn

Patrick has been a Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times and The Independent. He is a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books. He won the Martha Gellhorn Prize in 2005, the James Cameron Prize in 2006, and the Orwell Prize for Journalism in 2009. He has won many UK press awards including Foreign Commentator of the Year (2013), Foreign Affairs Journalist of the Year (2014), Foreign Reporter of the Year (2014).

The judges’ citation for Foreign Affairs Journalist of the Year stated: “Patrick Cockburn spotted the emergence of Isis much earlier than anybody else and wrote about it with a depth of understanding that was just in a league of its own.”

Patrick Cockburn at the Gothenburg Book Fair 2016 (CC-NA)

Patrick has also written a fine memoir The Broken Boy, recalling his childhood in Cork, Ireland, where he contracted polio. It’s a beautifully written book which draws out lessons from past polio epidemics, very relevant in the age of COVID-19. It is also a touching and humorous elegy for the Anglo-Irish in Ireland.

He is also the author of Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein; The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq (2006); The Occupation: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq (2008); The Jihadis Return: Isis and the New Sunni Uprising (2014), and The Rise of Islamic State: Isis and the New Sunni Revolution (2015).

And finally…

These events are free but we would ask those who can afford it to make a donation, however small, to the Edith Wilkins Foundation for Street Children in Darjeeling. Bank details are below.

IBAN: IE48 AIBK 9343 4821 4390 06
Account number: 21439006