When Rosa Parks sat down in the ‘white’ part of an Alabaman bus in 1955 she laid the groundwork for the civil rights movement in the US. Just three years later, Richard and Mildred Loving flouted the ban on interracial marriages in Virginia where they lived, marrying in Washington DC where such marriages were legal. … Continue reading Loving


My Name is Leon

A beautifully written novel by Kit de Waal My Name is Leon tells of nine-year-old Leon’s struggle to come to terms with the circumstances of his life. It’s set in Birmingham where the violence of the 1981 Handsworth riots contrast with the street party planning fervour for Charles and Diana’s wedding. At the beginning of the book … Continue reading My Name is Leon

Lion: a troubling account of transracial adoption

There’s something that troubles me about the film Lion (Garth Davis) which tracks the journey of a five-year-old boy, Saroo (Sunny Pawar), from a village in Madhyar Pradesh to Tasmania and back. Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple, John and Sue Brierley. Sue (Nicole Kidman) reveals to the adult Saroo (Dev Patel) that, at … Continue reading Lion: a troubling account of transracial adoption