Passing Time is a place where I can write about the things that interest, challenge and move me. Anything from 20th century history, literature, film and music, to politics and human rights, the plight of refugees and asylum seekers, football or Dr Who. Alongside this blog, I have been writing about the prospect of the next five years of Tory government, and the things that alarm me as I look ahead, on https://wevegotfiveyears.wordpress.com/.
I’m now retired after many years working in higher education administration. For the last ten years I’ve been working for the University of Sheffield, where I will be continuing my studies as a part-time PhD student in the French department, doing research on intertextuality and dialogue in Sebald and Butor, and interrogating both writers’ representations of the city (Manchester in particular). I also chair Inspiration for Life, a charity which supports lifelong learning and public understanding of science and raises funds for local cancer charities, and I blog about our work on https://inspirationforlifeblog.wordpress.com/
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 often 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.
I write here in a purely personal capacity. All views expressed are my own.