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2001: ‘Riots’, or violent urban protests, in four northern English cities

The so-called northern ‘riots’ in 2001 were, in my view, a turning point in British society. For the first time, British Muslims (the protagonists were mainly, but by no means exclusively, Muslims) engaged in violent protest against racists and discriminatory policing in forms that were reminiscent of the ‘riots’ led by British African and Caribbean […]

A cultural event for David Oluwale

One of my main pieces of voluntary work is with the David Oluwale Memorial Association¬† We held an extraordinary cultural event on the site near the River Aire in the centre of Leeds which will become the memorial garden for David. I wrote a review of it which you can read here. ¬†Please visit our […]

Big BookEnd Festival talk on Chapeltown

Chapeltown: where is it and what does it do? (7 June 2014)

Fiona Gell is the driving force behind the marvellous Big BookEnd festival of authors and books in Leeds and when she asked me to contribute a talk I jumped at the offer. I’m giving this talk on Saturday 7th June 2014 at the Leeds Central Library (2.30pm). Fiona’s an assiduous organiser and brilliant user of […]