It’s taken these surreal times for me to appreciate the outstanding locations and crowded book launches I’ve enjoyed. The most special was the launch of Oxford Castaways in the Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean  which  Sir Roger Bannister wound up, with appropriately, statues of ancient Greek athletes behind him.

 

OC3 was in the superb Maths Institute and was compered by Roger’s daughter Charlotte .

Brushstrokes in Time was launched in Blackwell’s – below my friend the best selling Italian author Simonetta Agnello Hornby  who I met when we both moved to Kennington as young mothers. Seen here with Justin who lived with her for a while when he was at UCL.

and Sculpting the Elephant in the Jam Factory – which is the name Gill Hedge and I gave Coopers Oxford Marmalade Factory when we ran an art and antiques centre there. Can you see Legs Larry Smith, Dwina Gibb, Katlin and John Matthews , Ray Foulk , James and Joanna Harrison?

My family and villagers mostly came to Kennington Village Centre where we had an Indian evening with food, film , dance and music and Weimin He sketched and compered by Korky Paul.

 

 

Poems in an Exhibition was in the room which was the  oldest library in Oxford in St Mary’s, with this amazing view from the window.

Yesterday Nancy Mudenyo Hunt and I held  copies of Not so Black and White but in these surreal times  we cannot look forward to the exciting  fundraising launches ( for the Nasio  Trust) we had planned.For now The best we can do is offer to take part in zoom Q&As for book groups , libraries and community groups . If you are interested please let me, Nancy or  the Nasio Trust know .

REV’D CHARLOTTE BANNISTER-PARKER

(Associate Chaplain to the Bishop of Oxford, Associate Minister, The University Church, Visiting Research Fellow, St Benets, Oxford.)

Not so Black and White’  looks at the cross-cultural life of an inspiring young woman Precious, caught between two worlds of the UK and Kenya. The authors manage to weave these worlds together in a proactive way that challenges the reader to take a fresh look at critical issues that are of huge importance in our world today. From gang violence and racial tension in London to arranged marriages, girl child education, and tribal expectations in Kenya. An uplifting and captivating read.