Passing Time is a place where I can write about the things that interest, challenge and move me. These range from my research on French writer Michel Butor, through the history of Occupied France, the work of W G Sebald and 20th century music, to the plight of refugees and asylum seekers, the Hillsborough disaster – and Dr Who.
I’m an administrator at the University of Sheffield, where I’m also a part-time student of French Language & Cultures. I grew up in West Africa, an experience which has been hugely influential on me, and which can be evidenced not only in my enthusiastic support for Ghana’s national football team (in contrast to my despairing loyalty to Nottingham Forest), but also in my interest in postcolonial African history and, because I lived in Northern Nigeria during the bloody preamble to the Civil War, in genocide and xenophobia wherever they manifest themselves. Alongside my work, and my studies, and my family life, I am passionate about music, literature and visual art.