Letters to the press

Sadly 10 years after writing to The Independent the word ‘honour’ is still used to describe brutal murders.

The Partition of India


It’s a welcome change for the BBC to focus on the partition of India. For too long the only history we get is the Tudors, WW1 and WW2.   The Industrial Revolution and  the Empire which created the world and [...]

India and England : the past and the present .

Partition voices: British Indians tell the story of the trauma of the partition of India. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08z9p9w
For the Madras Courier I tell the story of my Hindu husband’s family’s experience of partition and voice the opinion that the British Government [...]

Grayson Perry : The Hogarth of 2017 who says aloud what women only whisper.

Grayson Perry: the Hogarth of 2017?
I LOVE Grayson Perry. My first sight of his work was at the Turner Prize in 2003. From a distance his pots were exquisite high glazed and somewhat feminine. Up close there was [...]

Talking about Life Storytelling and why you should do it – on That’s Oxfordshire TV

I  don’t like watching myself on TV but it was in a good cause. Dominique Cadiou and I were promoting the launch of The Sobell House Come4 Tea fundraising campaign, It will be launched   at The Vaults (Radcliffe [...]


I am very fortunate in the support I am getting. The poet Jenny Lewis posted this wonderful review on facebook. The success of the audio book is down to the  passion and enterprise of Catherine O’Brien  of Essential Audiobooks [...]

Honesty is the best policy

Theresa May is right in saying Islamist attacks have one thing in common : an evil ideology. Silence as to where that ideology came from is to continue despite the government having the facts at their fingertips. Karren Brady [...]

The Truth is best told through fiction

Relevant ‘Start the Week’ on BBC Radio4  this morning . In a time of invented facts fiction can  tell the truth. I understand completely where Miranda Doyle is coming from ‘fictionalising’ her memoir. I have been on a similar [...]

Life stories and why you should write yours.

I have written mini biographies of 120 people for the Castaway Series in Oxfordshire Limited Edition magazine.  Those features have been turned into 3 books in support of charities.  At the Stratford Literary Festival last year I was asked [...]

My photo writ large! No hiding place!

I emailed Andy French about the history of KOA and the question mark over its future. Instead  he wrote about me!

Oxford Times Article

It’s a lovely feature and I’m very appreciative but somewhat embarrassed too. I have never seen a [...]

Brushstrokes in Time is dedicated to anyone anywhere campaigning for freedom of expression

A Turkish agent has taken on Brushstrokes in Time. My novel is dedicated’ to anyone anywhere in the world who campaigns for freedom of expression.’ With so many journalists writers and teachers under arrest I hope it will [...]