Up Your Street subscribers attended the Write Idea writing Festival over a dew days at the Idea Store, Whitechapel.
Today we enjoyed Spitalfield’s own “Gentle Author, meeting Alex Wheatle, Irenosen Okojie and Sunny Singh, and getting fired up by Owen Jones. We aso had free food courtesy of Tower Hamlets and Bhaji of Docklands.
A child of five was busy video-taping Owen Jones.
Alex chaired and managed comfortably the conversation or debate about publishers’ lack of interest in publishing works by authors from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. Around the late 1990s there was a shower of BME published authors in the UK and the way was set for a post racial literary stage. Not any more. We are going backwards. To me though the struggle for BME authors is aligned with the lack of BME people in telly adverts, on stage, and in TV dramas. Nothing changes.
Owen Jones! Well, he’s Jesus.
The Gentle Author showed us and explained to us loads of photographs from the early C20th about children all called “Spitalfields Nippers”. What was interesting was that the photographer had identified by name each child and those children’s lives have been discovered.