November 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Terry Waite's release from captivity in Beirut. In this sequence of poetry and prose he recalls the highs and lows of his life, both during his ordeal as a hostage and in the happier years of humanitarian work that have followed.
Terry Waite, MBE, CBE, is a British Quaker and Anglican, humanitarian and author. In the 1980s he worked as the Archbishop of Canterbury's special envoy, travelling to the Middle East and negotiating the release of many hostages in Iran, Libya and Lebanon. While negotiating the release of captives in Beirut he was himself taken hostage, resulting in almost five years in captivity, four years of them in solitary confinement. His first book, Taken on Trust, was written in his head when he was denied pen or paper during his captivity. Now in his seventies, Terry Waite holds many honorary doctorates, both in the UK and overseas, and continues to be much sought after as a public speaker. He works for a range of humanitarian causes, including prisoners, the homeless, hostages and their families, and overseas development.