agonised over my fifty words on Sihem Bensedrine. But probably not in the same way as many of
the writers in this project. That is,
not in the writing of them. That actually came very easily after the initial
idea. The agonizing started after I’d sent them to Tom. Would people think I’m being flippant? I’m guilty of flippancy far too often yet
even I recognize that this is not the ideal forum for such a dubious gift. Sihem Bensedrine is, after all, a journalist
and human rights activist whose fight for freedom of the press in
In my defence, however, I can assure you that I have taken both 26:50 and my subject very seriously indeed. The absolute beauty of this project is that every participant would almost certainly have taken a different approach to me given the same source material. But I suppose what I was struck by more than anything as I found out more about Sihem’s struggles was the very thing that seems to keep her fighting: the power of even a single letter let alone a whole word to change the context of everything.