In February, I took a break from the AP and have since been living and working in Poland, Eastern Europe, helping to take care of my 92-year-old grandmother and participating in a 9-month course of workshops for reporters at the Institute of Reportage in Warsaw. Poland is famous for its long-form journalism, with literary giants such as Ryszard Kapuściński. For the past few months, I’ve been lucky to meet many of Poland’s top long-form reporters and editors and have been working on my own piece of reportage, in Polish. In the meantime, I wanted to share a personal essay I wrote (in English) as a guest blogger for the Rough and Rede Blog. It’s part of a series of original essays published on the blog every summer. My essay is titled The Memory Keeper, a letter to new refugees.
You can read it here: https://georgerede.wordpress.com/2016/08/06/the-memory-keeper/