The Clothesline Swing review: Striking account of growing up gay in Syria

Ahmad Danny Ramadan’s uneven debut novel reflects troubles of a beleaguered minority

Ahmad Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker, storyteller and an LGBTQ-refugee activist

Ahmad Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker, storyteller and an LGBTQ-refugee activist

Giving minority writers a platform to tell their stories is integral to good publishing and the traditional industry is slowly catching up with literary journals, independent publishers and the many online forums that have brought previously marginalised voices global acclaim over the past few decades.

While individual writers are doing their bit – author Kit de Waal recently crowdfunded and edited Common People, an anthology of working-class writers also reviewed in The Irish Times this week – the bigger names in publishing also have initiatives. Penguin Random House, for example, launched the WriteNow scheme in 2016, which aims to find and publish new underrepresented writers. Targeted groups include writers from socio-economically marginalised backgrounds, writers from LGBTQ and BAME communities, and writers with a disability.

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