I spoke via skype to Carlos Moore, the writer of Fela, and his partner Ayeola. We wave and smile and peer out from inside each others computer. I am interviewed at Riverside Rooms on the subject of race for a leading psycotherapy magazine.
On Sunday I drop in on New Beacon Bookshop for The George Padmore Institute where I see Gus John and lots of old friends and new. Margaret Busby is here and Linton Kwesi Johnson. There is some incredible Caribbean food laid out. As I put some fish on my plate Sharmilla whispers “that’s linton’s fish”. Linton Kwesi Johnson is amongst family here and I sit and talk with him. He already knows I’ve been to South Africa. Someone called him.
My dear south African Sister Lebo has given birth to a beautiful beautiful baby boy named Moya. Congratulations Lebo and Mfundo. On Monday I meet Colin Grant for a coffee at Southbank centre. He met my aunt in san Francisco at a dinner with writer Isabel Illande. Colin has a book coming out which is about Bob Marley and the Wailers!
And today was the first meeting at Southbank Centre of the great and the good in poetry in Britain. They are here as poet and artist in residence Simon Armitage introduces Poetry Parnassus. You will hear more bout that as the Olympics approaches. Other news – the journalist and I now have a brand new bathroom. Nothing else – we live in a bathroom.
Southbank centre sits aside the Thames lit up with a necklace of Christmas stalls. As if Phosphoressence a wave of light sparkles and pours from the liner building. Through the sky to the festival hall The artist in residence office is bathed in the red aura of the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Would you wanna be anywhere else on earth? Got a last minute request from Cape Farewell to go to an Island in Scotland on Friday. All Pictures on face book.