Beyond the Grave

We’ve heard of the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland, homes for ‘fallen women’ - including unmarried mothers - who were subject to horrible sexual, physical and mental abuse. But what of the children? The recent discovery of a mass grave containing the bones of 800 babies and children at the site of the former Bon Secour … Continue reading Beyond the Grave


When Black is Not the Only Colour

My article When Black is Not the Only Colour appeared in Open Democracy on 20th February 2017.  It's an account of being too Black for the adoption agencies but not Black enough for the political campaigners.

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