I am doing something a little bit different as part of black history month. A while ago my family had some of my short essays published. These reflected on expatriate life in Nigeria in the1960s, just after Independence. The collection is called "Oyinbo" - a Yoruba word for white people. I am to do a short session of reading and answering questions at Harlesden Library on 12th October, 7 pm. Looking forward to it.
The appalling fire and loss of life in Sonia Gardens has shocked everyone. Our thoughts must be with the two badly hurt survivors and that they overcome their injuries and their loss. I read that the house was rented to the family. I often visit residents in privately rented properties. There are a great number in Willesden and some are generally in poor condition and suffer overcrowding. Private landlords clearly have a duty of care but I suspect a number do the bare minimum to ensure their tenants' safety. I am now committed to add checking fire alarms and safety features when making visits.