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22 March 2008

MARRAKESH

Just before Christmas David Stafford visited Marrakesh in Morocco to report on a travel writing course. While there he became fascinated by the contrast between the traditional old town and the burgeoning developments in the tourist industry in the newer parts of town outside the medina, including man-made beaches, restaurants serving international cuisine and belly dancing nightclubs.

Marrakesh features a lively and exotic town square where traditional entertainers perform as they have for centuries, gardens started by the French artist Majorelle in the early twentieth century, and an eccentric museum in a private house. David discovers how Moroccan culture and art have more to do with sub-Saharan Africa than the Arabic Middle East.


Presented by David Stafford

Marrakech


Photo: The Majorelle Garden in Marrakech, Morocco, designed by the expatriate French artist Jacques Majorelle.

This week’s guests:

Anthony Sattin is a writer, critic and broadcaster who has travelled extensively in the Middle East, an area that features prominently in his writing. Anthony is the author of several books including The Gates Of Africa: Death, Discovery & The Search For Timbuktu. His highly acclaimed book The Pharaoh's Shadow - a search for surviving ancient culture in modern Egypt - was the subject of a Radio 4 documentary.

Lifting the Veil: British Society in Egypt, 1768-1956
Publisher: J M Dent & Sons Ltd
ISBN-10: 0460047507
ISBN-13: 978-0460047500

The Pharaoh's Shadow
Publisher: Orion mass market paperback; New Ed edition
ISBN-10: 0575402784
ISBN-13: 978-0575402782

The Gates of Africa: Death, Discovery, and the Search for Timbuktu
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN-10: 0312336438
ASIN: B000VYVIME

Bert Flint is a Dutchman and has lived in Marrakesh for fifty years. He is the owner of the museum Tiskiwin which houses his private collection of everyday objects from the Sahara and from Marrakesh.

Fred, Manager of Le Comptoir club

Rosena McKeown is a travel entrepreneur who runs Boutique Souk which specialises in Marrakech and the rest of Morocco.

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