My novel This Lovely City is set in London and the city is almost a character in its own right. I was asked to talk about some of the locations for Waterstones and you check out the video below.
Less than two months before my debut novel is published and I’m still getting used to blowing my own trumpet! However, this news is so big I can’t help it. Every January for the last few years I’ve read up on the Observer’s chosen debut novelists and this year I made the cut! It’s a […]
Few people know that Queen Victoria had a black goddaughter, named Victoria after her patron. The mother of this girl had been under the protection of the queen since arriving in England as a young child. Her name was Sarah Forbes Bonetta. Sarah’s story begins with tragedy. Born into a royal family in West Africa, as a […]
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 […]
At 101 Lexham Gardens, Earls Court, London, you will find an English Heritage blue plaque dedicate to Sir Learie Constantine. He only lived there for five years but this is where he wrote the book Colour Bar (1954). In the UK we like to be smug and compare ourselves favourably to the US when it […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]