Friday, 29 September 2017

Born Between the Lines - 4th Book Reading

The theme for my fourth and final book reading is leaving home—a reflective section—at the end of the Socialising chapter. At the age of 21, I had yet another decision to make that would mean returning to the place I had missed for eight years—London.

You can hear my reading taken from the chapter Socialising below:

Friday, 22 September 2017

Born Between the Lines: 3rd Book Reading

The theme for my third book reading is socialising. At the age of 18, I had a decision to make about who I would socialise with and how that would work in a mono-cultural small town called Wellingborough, in Northamptonshire. This reading is one of two. The second one will be posted next week. 

You can hear my reading taken from the chapter 'Socialising' below:

Friday, 15 September 2017

Born Between the Lines: 2nd Book Reading

The theme for my second book reading is work, which most of us have crossed paths with in one way or another. For me, trying to find work as a 16-year-old in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, proved to be both revealing and challenging.  You can hear my reading on the subject of work below:

Friday, 8 September 2017

Born Between The Lines: Book Reading

Today I read 'Where are the black voices of rural and suburban Britain? We need to hear them', by Jesse Bernard online in the Guardian which prompted me to do a reading on Youtube from my autobiography: Born Between The Lines:

The article starts:

'If you're a member of a minority in a rural or suburban area of Britain, there's every likelihood that you will have been made aware of your race in school, in the local supermarket, by your neighbours and perhaps by the local authorities.'

This was certainly the case with my experience as a young mixed-race girl aged thirteen trying to find my way in a new school in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire in the 1960s.

The article ends by stating:

'It's  not about one experience — city or rural — being worse or better than the other. It's about amplifying a wide range of black British voices that exist not only in large, urban areas but also the farthest corners of the country. These are important stories, and if we continue to overlook them, it will damage any attempts to tackle how racism affects our society.'

You can read the whole article here.

If any of the above resonates with you, please do leave a comment. I know there are many unheard voices out there that need to be aired and shared.  I look forward to hearing from you.