Actors and writers

Actors and Writers London, also known as AWL, hold professional rehearsed play readings on the 4th floor of the Polish Centre, Hammersmith on alternate Mondays.  As well as providing a platform for play readings for all kinds of writers, with seated viewing for maybe 100 people with a bar in the same space, it holds…

Secret life of black civil rights photographer in Memphis

  Memphis, along with Atlanta, central to story of black America, located on the Mississippi River, a starting point for refugees from the Deep South where they can engage with its vibrant African-American culture and heritage. The city produced music and art  and also black empowerment WDIA, “ the mother station of Negroes” – Although…

Elvis and his mother Gladys

In Graceland, Bethan Roberts’s fictionalised recreation of the early life of Elvis Presley, and his close relationship with his mother Gladys.   At 22, 1957, Elvis already a huge star is called up for his military service, the novel looks into the performer’s chaotic   childhood with several chapters filled with grownup dilemas concerning show business,…

Spectre of Brexit poses threat to British economy in the years to come

In Nine Crises, William Keegan examines a series of turning points , starting with the devaluation crisis of 1967 and ending   with post Brexit turmoil fifty years later. This book explains how key participants viewed each crisis as it unfolded and what they hoped to achieve.   The British economic policy and its policymakers have…

Cataclysmic tradition and sex addiction

In 2015 , Leila Slimani’s debut novel, an unsparing account of sex addiction, won 200,000 dirhams ( $22,000), the La Mamounia literary award ( prix de La Mamounia) in Marrakesh – a prize for French-language fiction by Moroccan authors awarded and donated by the La Mamounia hotel in the hotel where Winston Churchill loved to…

How to avoid the prospect of undermining the foundations of prosperity

What measures will governments and people take in response to such tectonic economic and cultural shift and how to avoid the prospect of undermining the very foundations of prosperity? The US President’ strongest supporters live in the declining states. The UK’s Brexit backers are mostly from struggling regions, as in rich countries the divide that…

Between the Sheets and Beyond the conjugal activity

The Bedroom is an essay, a working through of Perrot’s various thoughts and literary entanglements, on the bedroom, the room turned askance and viewed via its various uses , turns into a history of privacy and what, exactly, identity, comfort , sequestration and ownership might have meant though the ages to writers as diverse as…

The privatisation of public land in neoliberalism Britain

  With the arrival of Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street in 1979 a major privatisation drive began not only selling industrial holdings, transport infrastructure, the telephone system but also the land and public buildings erected on it. Land makes a major chunk of national wealth and an estimate by the Office for National Statistics concluded…