New role at Rainbow Memory Cafe





I now facilitate the Rainbow Memory Cafe at Opening Doors London. This is a support group for people from LGBT+ communities who are experiencing dementia or are concerned about memory loss, and for their carers and friends. The group meets from 2-4pm on the second Monday of each month at Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9NA. Further information from


Radio broadcast

Margaret Thatcher in 1979

I was interviewed for an edition of Archive on 4 which was broadcast on Radio 4 on Saturday 27 April at 8pm. 

The programme is called 1979: Democracy's nightmares, and explores the "the political fears and hopes of a divided, uncertain Britain - 40 years ago, in the period just before Mrs Thatcher's 1979 election victory".

In the interview I spoke about the growth of the National Front at the end of the 1970s, the Rock Against Racism Carnivals of 1978, our fears that some National Front MPs might be elected to Parliament, as well as our fears of what would happen to the country if Thatcher won the election.

The programme-maker and presenter, Phil Tinline, used quite a lot of my interview in the final cut. I thought the programme was very interesting, with an unusual approach that highlighted not just conventional political thought but what was going on in culture - books, plays, tv programmes etc as well as in popular music - at this period of great social upheaval.

Crouch End Festival Chorus sings Messiah

Crouch End Festival Chorus is performing Handel's Messiah with the Bach Camerata on Saturday 6 April 2019 at 7.30pm at St John Smith Square London SW1P 3PA. More info here.

Dementia Action Alliance National Conference

The Dementia Action Alliance annual conference takes place on Wednesday 6 February at the Royal College of Nursing, London.

The Dream of Gerontius

Crouch End Festival Chorus sings Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Sunday 10 February 7pm, with the London Mozart Players and a trio of fabulous soloists: Kitty Whately, Robert Murray and Ashley Riches, conducted by David Temple.