Layla Maghribi, UK, Syria and Libya

Warscapes Corona Notebooks

In this spoken word dispatch from London, Layla Maghribi observes that the pandemic has revealed the cracks in our systems and institutions. Hard lessons have been learnt: "None can thrive alone / Just like we’ve come to feel /Isolated in our zones." She leaves us with the warning that unless we re-order our priotities, change will be impossible. 

Layla Maghribi is a British-Arab freelance writer and multimedia producer. She was born and raised in London to a Syrian mother and Libyan-Palestinian father. Layla has written poetry since childhood but a demanding career in journalism put pause to her creations for some time. She lived in the UAE for many years working as a video-journalist for Reuters in Dubai before joining CNN International in Abu Dhabi as a writer and producer of stories covering business, culture and arts across the Middle East. Layla is now spending her lockdown writing poetry and completing her first nonfiction book about the revolutionary life of her late father who was a leading Libyan opposition figure.