At times when politicians want to divide us, in my fiction, non-fiction and verse I want to celebrate our common humanity! Confluence brings together musicians, dancers and poets who have made their home in Oxford. Confluence invites diverse communities to
There is a chapter in Brushstrokes in Time set in 1990 in a so called ’Re-Education Centre’. My novel was published in 2016 so, in fairness, I added an authorial note I titled ‘The Changing Face of China.’ I wrote
The village of Kennington is NOT wealthy but it has changed the lives of 100,000s of people for the better. Through KOA it has been unique as a village –possibly in the world - by holding out a hand of
It is beginning to feel real. My second novel set in Oxford and India is on the horizon. I have had to say farewell to Harry and Ramma- no more re-writes. C’est finit! Claret Press has designed the pre -
The historian Margaret MacMillan in her thought provoking BBC Reith Lectures ‘The Mark of Cane’ tackles the subject of war in a manner that includes multiple different narratives. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csxgs0 In her fourth lecture ‘Managing the Unmanageable’ in which she talks
Brushstrokes in Time has been translated into German and Drackenhaus Verlag will publish it in 2019. Claret Press will publish my second novel Sculpting the Elephant next March. If only I wrote crime fiction I could make money but I am a sad old
Why was India’s greatest ruler fogotten for 1000 years and why is Ashoka’s story so relevant and needed today?
When I read about Ashoka the 3rd century BC ruler of much of India, my curiosity was aroused. Ashoka began as a warlord but felt remorse at the waste of life on the battlefield. He invited followers of the Buddha
Much of the authentic background detail for the first part of Brushstrokes in Time came through interviewing the artist Qu Leilei. In my second novel to be published early in 2019 the detail is from my own life. It is
The end of an era and a golden farewell for KOA. I am so proud of how we have helped people to help themselves. May the legacy continue!
Fifty years of helping people to help themselves . Through a unique organisation called KOA, my Oxfordshire village has chosen to fundraise for small charities with strong grass roots links. They ensure that our money is well spent and give
THANK YOU ZADIE SMITH! Readers of my personal story (link below) know that in 1969 I told a Daily Mail reporter that I did not marry an Indian, I married Atam. So how wonderful is it to hear Zadie Smith