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Award-winning novelist Matt Rees talks about the real events in Gaza that he used as the basis for his second Palestinian crime novel A GRAVE IN GAZA (UK title: THE SALADIN MURDERS.) Over a decade reporting on Gaza, Rees accumulated stories that few other reporters noticed. In his novel, Palestinian sleuth Omar Yussef faces the corruption of senior Palestinian security officials, the kidnapping of colleagues, and the smuggling of missiles under the Egyptian border into Gaza. Each of the characters is based on a real Palestinian Rees has known. Rees also reads from the opening chapter.

Direct download: A_Grave_in_Gaza_Podcast_-_Start.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EDT
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Award-winning novelist Matt Rees uses yoga and meditation to prepare himself for the mental and physical challenge of writing. He introduces this podcast by talking about the importance of yoga and how it helps to open a writer's creativity, and to prevent fatigue from sitting for long periods. He describes several stretching techniques you can do throughout your writing day. Then talks you through a 20 minute yoga practice sequence for you to follow along with the exercises. The postures should leave you feeling energized and creative -- ready to write!

Direct download: Yoga_for_Writers_Podcast_-_Start.mp3
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The first novel by award-winning crime writer Matt Rees was THE COLLABORATOR OF BETHLEHEM (UK title: THE BETHLEHEM MURDERS). Set against the backdrop of the Palestinian intifada, Rees tells the story of schoolteacher Omar Yussef, who is forced to take on the violence of his hometown to save a former pupil. In this podcast, Rees lays out how he came to write the book and reads from the first chapter.

Direct download: Collaborator_podcast_-_Start.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:20am EDT
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