Last month a lady called Alice Herz-Sommer died aged 110 years of age. I interviewed Alice for the north London newspaper, The Ham & High as a cub reporter in 2003. After all my years in journalism, she remains the most fascinating woman I have ever interviewed. At one point, she turned the interview around and starting … Continue reading
Earlier this year I traveled to a remote island in Scotland where The Clash lead singer, the late Joe Strummer’s maternal grandmother was born. Sunday was the 11th anniversary of his passing and events are taking place all over the world this week to commemorate him. I wrote this for The Clash blog about my trip … Continue reading
Today is the 120th anniversary of the death of Maharajah Duleep Singh, known as the last king of the Sikh Empire. As some of you will know, he was the youngest son of Maharajah Ranjit Singh and Maharani Jind Kaur, and he came to power after a series of intrigues, when several claimants to the throne … Continue reading
Hello all, please check out my new blog on The Guardian’s website about the erection of a new statue of overlooked World War Two heroine, Noor Inayat Khan (below).
Today, campaigners have been protesting the closure of the Women’s Library in Holloway, north London. When I heard the library might be closing, my first response was: “Noooooooooooo!” I was actually suspicious (and disheartened) that its end may have been nigh when they closed the Wash Houses Cafe on the first floor, a few years ago, robbing … Continue reading