Stories, history and the fight for the future

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to make it to an opening performance of Morgan Lloyd, Malcolm’s phenomenal new play “Emelia” at the Globe on Bankside. The story of Emelia Bassano, Britain’s first published female poet, probable muse for Shakespeare, his legendary “dark lady” and unapologetic furious feminist, it is as uncompromising as its decreasingly […] Read more »

Thoughts on a striking summer

London has rarely seen a summer like it, and maybe neither have I.  The heat wave lasted for weeks going on months, and felt like it brought with it a certain kind of madness. For me, it’s been in many respects the best since the injury 12 years ago, but that’s also brought with it […] Read more »

A small battle, not many dead – part one

Twelve years ago this weekend, I found myself crouched inside a Sri Lankan Navy assault boat racing across Trincomalee harbour. The Battle of Muttur – the first significant urban fight of the renewed and final round of the island’s civil war – was over, the military said, and the media were being taken there as […] Read more »

Getting started

For a while now, I’ve been giving serious thought to writing more about my disability and experiences of it. It’s now coming up on 12 years since the minibus smash in Sri Lanka that pulverized the third, fourth and fifth vertebrae of my spinal cord and opened a very new and… challenging chapter. For those […] Read more »

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