In no particular order here are some people across the world whom I would like to say Merry Christmas to and wish a happy new year: The Journalist, Omar Kaisy and Aida Kaisy, Kari greaves and Graham Parry, neighbours James and Gillian and Arlow and Eli,, Jude Kelly Michael Bird Caroline Bird, Mamta Sagar, Joanne Prince and Andy King. To Dave Haslam and Catherine and children Riley and Jack; to Nkechi Abili, Chachu, Simon Hattenstone and all the tribe, Mark Atwood, Katy Atwood and Jo Nightingale Atwood and all the children. Sonita Alleyne, gary Younge and family, David Akinsanya, Kwasi Asante, Helen Taylor and Phil Taylor and the Cambridge family; Merry Christmas and an happy new year to you all.
Duwayne Brooks, Maura Dooley, David Hunter and children, Diane Roberts and her children, Shae and Jacob, Gwyneth Davies, Whitney McVeigh and children Marley and Leo. Jamie Byng and Elizabeth Byng and newborn Nathaniel, Dana Bryant in New York and Parvinder Sohal in Accrington, to Adele Jones in Manchester and Rob Jones in London. To Liz Sharpley, Kate McGrath, Nod Knowles, Lisa Dwan, Sally Gross and her flock, to Chris Waterman and Daniel
Hahn, Rizwan Ahmed, Nikki Parrott and John McGrath and Shobna Gulati and her dear son; To Rohan Heath and his loving and lovely family and Magesh Padiachee, merry Christmas and an happy new year to you all.
To my mother Yemarshet Sissay and on my mothers side, my sister xxxxxxx and neice xxxx, my brother Mehatem Ashenafi and his wife and child Nayenne and sister Tsahaiwork Ashenafi. On my fathers side my brother Abiyu Stefanos, Mimi Stefanos and Stefanos Stefanos. My aunts and uncles Daniel Stefanos, Samson Stefanos Belay Stefanos, Benyam Stefanos, Alemash Stefanos, Asgadet Stefanos and all their wives or husbands and children; Merry Christmas and an happy new year to you all.
In literature I would like to say Merry Christmas to all at English PEN, all at the Poetry Society, all at Apples and Snakes, all at The Arvon Foundation, all at The
Booktrust, The literature team at British Council, at The Southbank Centre, Vicky Long, Jane Beese, Mary King, Lucy Macnab, Lorna Rose Simpson, Debs Butler, Roger Malbert, Marcus Marshall, Gillian Moore, Sarah Hynds, Becky Shaw, Domino Pateman, Eva Martinez, Nicky Molloy: a Merry Christmas and an happy new year to you all
To all at Canongate Books, to Francis Bickmore, ofcourse to jamie also to Paul Beazley and Ruth at 57 productions ; to Ruth Young; To Mike and Warren of Variety Lives and Gill Lloyd and Chief and all at Artsadmin. I would like to wish Merry Christmas to Deborah May of DVD Dance; to Gary Crosby OBE and all his family and Peter Edwards; to all at The Letterbox Club, to Hal Wake at The Vancouver readers and Writers Festival; To all the Artists in residence at Southbank Centre including Gauri Tripathi, Simon Armitage, Tim and Anna Ricardo of Creative Connections, The Cape Farewell Team, Shlomo, and New Deal Of The Mind. Merry Christmas to Fiona Sampson at Poetry Review and to Maria Kempinska, Merry Christmas and an Happy New Year to you all.
It’s a list. There are no links Just a whole list of good people.