Middle East expert Diana Darke speaks to our Sixth Formers about the current crisis in Syria

Diana, who regularly writes for The Guardian, Financial Times and The Sunday Times newspapers, delivered a talk to Sixth Formers as part of the ‘Lookout’ lecture series.

An expert in Middle East studies, Diana spoke to pupils about the current crisis in Syria, explaining how it has unfolded and the complexities of the situation which has forced thousands to leave their home country to seek refuge across the world.

One of Diana’s most recent books, My House in Damascus: An Inside View of the Syrian Revolution, details her lifelong association with the country, and tells the story of a house she owns in Syria and the recent battles she has faced to protect it during the crisis.

Pupils were glowing in their feedback following the lecture: “It was refreshing to hear the fascinating complexity, inclusiveness and diversity of Syrian culture, something so easily forgotten nowadays.”

Another added: “It was very relevant and I thought it made a nice change to hear about the good in Syria. Diana was well informed about everything going on.”

The ‘Lookout’ lectures are a series of talks for Sixth Formers organised by Mr Burnside, and which feature a diverse range of guest speakers.