|Hon. Secretary: Julian Paxton, 23
The Green, Richmond, TW9 1LX
Tel: 020 8940 6101.
Society will hold its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 8th June.
Details of the meeting will be circulated nearer the time.
Committee is grateful to all those members who have paid their 2005
subscriptions of £20 either by Standing Order or cheque promptly and
reminds those who have not yet changed their STD from £15 to £20 to
kindly do so. Those members who sent cheques for only £15 are requested
to send another cheque for £5 to the secretary at 23 The Green,
Society's Tour to Soqotra
members of the Society including both the Hon. Secretary and Hon.
Treasurer have just returned from a most successful visit to the island,
but are sad to have to report that one child died, a number of houses were
damaged and fishing tackle was lost as a result of the tsunami on
26 December 2004
The British Yemeni Society will hold its Annual General Meeting in the
week beginning Monday, 7th June. Details of the meeting will be circulated
nearer the time.
New and recent Publications
Sultans of Aden
by Gordon Waterfield, republished by Stacey International ISBN 1900988 410
A history of the APL 1927-61 & the FRA of South Arabia 1961-67, due
for publication in March 2003 Price £29.95
Yemeni Voices - Women Tell Their Stories
Edited by Marta Paluch
This book is the result of a British Council project in Yemen. It is a
collection of interviews with Yemeni women about their lives, their work
and their views on development and the changing lives of women in Yemen.
Some 40 women were interviewed and 20 interviews were selected for the
book. Some of the women are well known in their field: Khawla Sharaf, a
former MP, Amat al-Aleem al-Souswa, ambassador to the Netherlands, Fatima
Kahtan, currently working at the British Council, but most are only known
within their own communities and theirwork sectors. Yet all are in some
way extraordinary women who have confronted the limitations of women’s
traditional role and succeeded in moving beyond them.
The book is illustrated by the Yemeni artist Amnah al-Nassiri, whose
paintings were among those exhibited at the society’s exhibition in
October and November 2000. The women who tell their stories include a
primary school teacher, a school inspector, doctors, a midwife, a rural
health education worker, rural women’s development workers, a social
researcher and women working with the "Akhdam" community. Their
stories deal with the many difficulties faced by Yemeni women and describe
the cultural framework of their lives but at the same time make us realise
how many of the feelings, responses and aspirations described are no
different to those of other women all over the world.
The book has 300 pages and retails at £7.50. It is available from Al
Saqi and Arthur Probstham bookshops in London or can be purchased directly
from the author. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Minaret Building & Apprenticeship in Yemen
by Trevor Marchand, SOAS, University of London
ISBN 0 7007 1511 8. Published by Curzon Press Limited, 51a George
Street, Richmond TW9 1HJ. Tel: 0208-948-4660 for further details and
Tyro on the Trucial Coast
by Julian Walker
Julian Walker, a member of the Society, was appointed Ambassador
to Yemen in 1979, but this book only describes the first 18 months he spent in the
Diplomatic Service. It is however a fascinating account of a young man in the 1950s
plunged in at the deep end to fulfil an unconventional role in the Arabian Peninsula
before oil was found in what are now the United Arab Emirates.
The book is published by the Memoir Club, the Old School, New road
Crooktown, Durham DL15 8QX Tel: 01388 768973 Fax: 01388 768974
The Armed Forces of Aden 1839-1967
by Cliff Lord & David Birtles
This book presents a detailed record of the armed forces raised in
Aden and the Protectorate during British rule. It also features new information relating
to Turkish military activity on the Yemen border in 1902 and the confrontation between the
Turkish and British forces in World War One. Arab, British and Indian units are all listed
with photos of their uniforms, insignia and equipment.
The book is due for publication in January 2000 and can be ordered
from Helion & Company, 26 Willow Road, Solihull, West Midlands B91 lUE Tel: 0121 705
3393 Fax: 0121 711 1315. Email: email@example.com.