New Creatives – Where are you from

Sophie Gresswell’s film addresses the struggle to answer the inevitable question: ‘Where are you from?’ when you’re not quite sure. A young woman of mixed heritage searches for an answer by looking back over three generations of her family. Documents, family stories and of course the British staple of tea and biscuits help her figure …

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Book Review: “The Magic Backpack”

"The Magic Backpack: Rayce's Relatives" – This story is about a little girl who has recently moved from living in England to living in the USA and deals well with the conflicting emotions children have when they are suddenly uprooted.

Book Review: Momma’s Many Hats by Johanna Traynor

In this book the issues of grief and loss are addressed, The main character is Yin Yin, whose mother is a New York City Fire Fighter. The dedication at the beginning of the book is to Rudy Giuliani and to the firefighters and policemen of September 11.

Not looking like your parents

As a society we are increasingly mixed, and the mixed-race group is growing proportionately faster than any other. Many children now have a grandparent who is of a skin colour that does not reflect their own or their parents’

Ella and the Knot Fairies

Ella and the Knot Fairies by Amanda Baker. "a charming little book and perfect for mixed-race families where the children question why their hair is not the same as their parents, or their siblings" 

Full Circle

“In less than one week, I return for another look, not knowing what I am seeking or what I should look for. In less than three weeks  my fourth child is born. So why go? Why now? This is not how it was planned." 

Towards a Truly Ethnic Questionnaire

What does “ethnic” actually mean? I complained about the so-called “ethnic monitoring” questionnaires on the grounds that they appear not to understand what “ethnic” actually means.