Following are some pieces I've written, mainly for the UK press. I'll add to these when I dig out my old computer!....


Yes, After John Terry, let's talk about Race
('The Observer') July, 2012

Young, Black, Gifted and Confused
(Cover Story, 'Race in Britain' supplement, 'The Observer') 2nd September 2001

Urban Cricket: A sort-of memoir
(on cricket as Nature,  the game then and now, and the problem with ‘Role Models’...

from '25 X 4: Channel 4 at 25'. Editors: Rosie Boycott and Meredith Etherington-Smith) 2008

Greatest Modern Reads: 'The Catcher in the Rye'

('The Times') 2009

Obama
('African Writing Online') 2008

Pretty Is The New Black
(Dinner Speech on Black-British aesthetics, Howard University) 2006

The African psyche
('New Statesman') 2005

White Lines: Black folk in Victorian art
('The Guardian') 2005

Guest of Honour Speech for Zimbabwe's 75 Best Books
(Great Indaba, Harare) 2004

Tribal Britons
('The Guardian') 2004

UK Cricket's decline
('Index on Censorship') 2003

The Dedication Business
('Daily Telegraph') 2000

Diaspora Chic is big in the Academy but not on the streets
('Index on Censorship') 2003

On the new black middle-class
('The Observer') 2002

On Babyfathers
('The Guardian') 2002

Slovenian Anthology of New British Writing - Introduction
2004

New Writing - Introduction
(published by Picador) 2003

I Lost My Heart in Durban
('Travel, The Guardian') 2002

Slavery Q and A
(On Britain's abolition of the slave trade) 2007

Searching for a black face in Eden, England
('The Guardian') 2000

African Literature
('The Times') 2005

Public Schools
('The Sunday Times') 2003

UK Black Education
('Evening Standard') 2002 / various media


Reviews:

London Calling, by Sukhdev Sandhu
('The Daily Telegraph') 2003

Books of the Year
('The Observer') 2004

The Map of Love, by Ahdaf Soueif
('The Guardian') 1999

The Atlantic Sound, by Caryl Phillips
('The Times') 2000

The Hip-hop Years, Channel 4
('Black Film Bulletin') 2000

IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain edited by Courttia Newland and Kadija Sesay
('The Times') 2000


Papers / Mags I've written for over the years:  Every British national newspaper apart from 'The Sun' and 'The Star'. Magazines like 'The Face', ‘The Literary Review’, 'the New Statesman', Index on Censorship'...I was also a columnist at 'New Nation'. Pieces have ranged from cultural essays and think pieces to reportage and book reviews.


                 

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