Can you love and forgive someone who appears to hate you? That is a question many of us are having to answer right now, as explored in this piece for the Independent on Sunday in 2015.
A journey through South London a few days after the death of David Bowie in January 2016, following a pilgrimage he had made himself, in secret, back to the places where he grew up. I wrote about this for The Independent on Sunday but here’s an updated version, now that we are a year on. IfContinue reading “Following David Bowie Home”
Yarl’s Wood detention centre is a secretive but notorious place where people are held without charge for year after year, not knowing what is going to happen to them. They often crack. The only way to find out what was going on in there was to go in myself. It wasn’t easy.
Back in 1993, after spending time studying, working in refugee camps and trying to be a musician (not all at once) I came back to London, took a part time job and spent the other days of the week trying to break into national newspapers. I gave myself six months, after which I would giveContinue reading “It was 20 years ago today…ish. One last piece for the Independent on Sunday”
I have been writing for the Independent on Sunday for more than 20 years, but the edition that appears on Sunday will be the last. Thinking about that took me back to my first major feature for the IOS, commissioned as an act of reckless faith by the editor Ian Jack and Richard Askwith, whoContinue reading “The Invisible Man: Searching for the Reclusive Stanley Baxter”