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You Don’t Know My Name

December 5, 2017


Alicia Keys sang it but we live it. She was talking about the cute guy who never noticed her when she served him coffee and eggs in a New York diner. We are talking about the big news channels not giving two shits about what our names are and what we look like. Yesterday the […]

What It Feels Like

November 18, 2016


In 2000, I had just moved to London and was busy finding my place in a fantastic city that made my feet ache and my heart soar. We had all just shed the papery skin of an old millennium and eagerly marked the new one and all that it promised. Then a man pointed and fired a gun at someone close […]

No Space Between Us

May 3, 2016


Dear baby daughter By the time you read this and understand that I breast fed you for the first 10 months of your life, you’ll probably be a teenager and will wrinkle up your nose and pretend to vomit at the thought. And that’s OK. It will be weird to you. I thought it was […]

Oh baby…

March 18, 2016


To all you mums out there, can I hug you?   Because a) I bet you haven’t been hugged in a while. And b) I don’t know how you did it. How you coped, cradled and pushed on day after day, night after night. How you slept upright holding your baby in your arms in […]

Dhania Love Me Anymore?

November 4, 2012


The 1980s were a collision of the excruciating and the pleasurable. My recollection is that everything was concrete, but days were always flecked with sunshine. My school was a brutish monolith but I enjoyed the haven of a happy home. I eschewed the cardboard food in the canteen, but day-dreamed of my mum’s ambrosial cooking… […]