Category Archives: Opinion

Facing the past: acknowledging the dark sides of history

Recently I contributed a piece to the new online women’s magazine The Pool, launched last week by Lauren Laverne and former Red editor Sam Baker.

My article focused on how to acknowledge unpalatable elements of family heritage – a topic I deal with in my upcoming book Thicker Than Water (Harper Collins, 2016) – following the revelation that the actor Ben Affleck attempted to hush up his family history of slave ownership during the production of US genealogy show Finding Your Roots.

Full text can be found here, or after the fold

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Voting #Yes: Sorry England, it’s not you. It’s me

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I’ve written a post for the National Collective pro-independence arts movement explaining why I’ve decided to vote Yes in the coming referendum.

Together, as the UK, we’ve achieved a lot and there is much to be proud of. But we’re different, we really are, and now we’ve got an enormous opportunity to build the future we’ve been dreaming of.

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