Apr 192013
indian supreme court acknowledges rights of dongria kondh

Since travelling to Niyamgiri, Orissa, in December 2008, I have been following the Dongria Kondh tribe’s fight against Vedanta Resources’ plans to mine its land for bauxite. It’s good news, therefore, that the Indian Supreme Court yesterday (18 April 2013) rejected an appeal to allow the company to mine the Niyamgiri Hills. Instead, it has said that continue reading

Apr 152013
and another thing is...

One of Word/Play’s aspirations is to give people the confidence to say what they want to say – in public. For some of the participants, walking through the door to the first workshop was tough enough. Who’d have imagined that, two months later, they’d be standing in front of a microphone performing work they’d written themselves, about continue reading

Feb 232013
the next thing is...

I’m getting a warm buzzy feeling when people let me know what Word/Play is doing for them. A voice in my head goes ‘yes, hoorah, they get it!’ *PunchTheAir!*  What I mean is: Word/Play seems to be making a difference, and in ways that I hadn’t dared imagine. The strapline for Word/Play describes how we continue reading

Jan 252013
the thing is...

I’m a little bit scared. But in a good way. After nearly 18 months of planning, fundraising and hard thinking, a new initiative, called Word/Play, is about to start.
Word/Play brings together theatre, spoken word and digital media to create change. It’s for people in Somerset who want their voice to be heard, to feel better about themselves or to make a difference to their quality of life.

Jan 012013
rising from the dust new and updated edition now available

I’ve recently published a new and updated edition of Rising from the Dust ~ India’s Hidden Voices on Amazon’s Kindle. As well as including updates on some of the original stories, the new edition provides links to other relevant news stories, publications and online material.

Oct 102012
silent march for land reform in india

LATEST NEWS: The march was called off on Thursday 11 October 2012 after Jairam Ramesh, the rural development minister, signed a 10-point plan in front of marchers at Agra, Uttar Pradesh: The Guardian and Tehelka.