The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, photograph by Michael Haag
In 2011 the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the new library at Alexandria in Egypt, will be hosting several events comprising the Liquid Continent project. One of these will be a writers' workshop on 16 February in which Michael Haag as author of Alexandria: City of Memory and Vintage Alexandria will be taking part. The Liquid Continent is the Mediterranean, and three cities in particular - Venice, Istanbul and Alexandria - have played major roles in shaping its history and its culture. But though the Mediterranean can be said to have bound together the peoples round its shores in the past, does it do so today? And do Venice, Istanbul and Alexandria have significant roles to play?