Notes & Doodles From the National Council Days
I don’t remember the exact dates but for a period of around three years (1997-2000) I was employed at the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters. I started out quite gung-ho until about a year into my job when I discovered that my work there was redundant. I think two other people were assigned to do the same thing and I was just another office accessory.
I had my own room so I could more or less do whatever I liked, and I liked drawing and writing. My journalist friend, Fatma Al-Saffar knew I had a penchant for sketchbooks so she used to bring me these wonderful writing tablets from the newspaper she was working for at the time. I also had, believe it or not, a game of boggle in my desk and I used to play it all the time. As much as I enjoyed finding and scribbling down the words, I found the visual quite pleasing as well. So these are some pages from one of the writing pads.