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What’s Wrong with Using a Little Lipstick?

What’s Wrong with Using a Little Lipstick? is inspired by the true story of Diana Hayden, an Anglo-Indian beauty queen who became Miss India in 1997 and Satyajit Ray’s 1962 film drama, Mahanagar.                   Hayden’s victory sparked a public row … Read More


        “I would have to immerse myself in the weird world of European racism…and wasn’t sure I would be able to stomach it.” – Andrea Levy, 2010 (on research for The Long Song) Pish-Pash evolved in response … Read More

8 Annas

A favourite photograph, captured in 1953, shows eight friends of my mother and it’s a continual source of inspiration. Working with this image has belatedly given me some time at the kitchen table with my aunties, who have been missed. … Read More