The first week of 2017 started in Addis and was announced by The Ethiopian Herald. I arrived in London on 3rd January to a gorgeous feature in The February issue of Red Magazine. On 7th I presented pick of the week on BBC Radio 4 and on 11th January I delivered the first lecture at University of Huddersfield.
I left for Ethiopia on Boxing Day cause the previous year I fell into quicksand after all the activity of The Christmas Dinner events: I didn’t want that to happen again. I’m a year without a drink. It’s funny to hear people talk about dry January. Dry is not the word I’d use. Free is the word I’d use.
On January 29th I’ll be reading the full text of SOMETHING DARK at The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond. It is a full reading of my play. The play has travelled the world. It is the real and true experience of a child in care in search of family and I am extremely proud of it. Come and spend the night with me. Above all things I want you to see this.
Meanwhile president elect Donald Trump charges his steamroller towards the Whitehouse while Obama packs away his things. Michelle is revving the Ferrari in the backyard. One last touch: Sasha, their daughter, has replaced all Whitehouse toilet paper with one she ordered online. Each sheet has Trump’s face on it. “One last touch” indeedy. And Prime Minister Theresa May stares blankly through the back window. A Lemming stares back thinking it is looking in a mirror.