So many brave young people are fighting for their liberty at the moment, in Ukraine, in Iran and now in China. There was a time of protest with a real possibility of hope that occurred in China in 1979. The
At Oxib tomorrow, I’ll talk about and sign copies of my just published memoir Food of Love Cooking up a life through gender class and race. It’s received great endorsements from the journalist , Yasmin Alibhai
In the ‘Appetiser’ to my memoir Food of Love: Cooking up a life across Gender, Class and Race, I include a photograph of an unusual sculpture being placed in a roof in Headington. I only give two pieces of advice
Taking a genuine interest in China has never been more important to the future of the world in the twenty first century. It's a mistake to stereotype the country and a mistake to ignore it. Rumours of a coup
Yesterday I went to the UPP (Oxford) to watch Ravilious Drawn to War and recommend it to other Ravilious fans This mystical but down to earth artist went uncelebrated for far too long. When I first encountered his work in
Food of Love. I cook up a story across gender, class and race. How access to Luton Central Library meant opportunities for a working class girl..
I hadn't intended to publish my memoir. My publisher's Press Release explains why its CEO Katie Isbester persuaded me that it was publishable and is relevant. One reason, I agreed to let Claret Press publish it, is because I would
My first book was not Oxford Castaways or a novel or poetry book but Oxfordshire Rambles, which was published by The Oxford Times - 10 circular walks devised by the late Jack and Margaret Ibbott. Jack and Margaret introduced
On this day in history—May 6 1954—Oxford graduate Roger Bannister became the first person in the world to break the four-minute mile, at the Iffley Road Track. Watched by about 3,000 spectators, he smashed the mile in 3 minutes 59.4
No to culture wars, anti -woke and cancel culture. Yes to telling the WHOLE story. That way lies understanding and a sense of belonging.
Shakespeare and Donne created thousands of words between them - its a British trait that we can be proud of. Let's find new words for our time . This government’s war on woke includes opposing the ‘decolonisation’ of museums, history