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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was born on 15 August 1875 in Holborn, son of a Sierra Leonean doctor and an English mother. It is thought that his father had already returned to Sierra Leone before Samuel’s mother, Alice, knew that she was pregnant (the couple were not married) and so he never knew he had a son […]

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My book has a cover!

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The amazing cover

Ok, there are almost nine months still to wait, but my book does now have a cover! And it’s officially available to pre-order in the UK at both Waterstones and Foyles – please do if you think This Lovely City is up your street! Remember, you won’t actually pay until March and the book will […]

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This Lovely City

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So for a couple of years I wrote a blog. It was a bit of a mixture of book reviews, articles on historical Black figures who had links to London, and a bit on my journey to become a ‘proper writer’. I haven’t blogged for a year or so, deciding to focus my writing time […]

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The Daughters of Ira Aldridge

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Until recently many people hadn’t heard of the actor Ira Aldridge, a black Shakespearean actor. Aldridge was at one point, in the mid-nineteenth century, the highest paid actor in Russia. I came across his story when I started researching my novel, set in 1850s London, and decided to use his experiences as a template for […]