Big Issue founder Lord John Bird of Notting Hill and his wife Lady Parveen were in Norwich on Wednesday to do the Norwich: A Black History tour, led by Tour Guide Paul Dickson and Chairman of Norfolk Black History Month, Danny Keen.
They followed in the footsteps of 'Norfolk's Black Prince', Frederick Duleep Singh and his sister Sophia, who was a leading suffragette. The tour also looked at the role of Norwich and Norfolk in the abolition of slavery movement, notably the work of Thomas Fowell Buxton, Edward Harbord 3rdLord Suffield, Amelia Opie and Harriet Martineau. There was the story of William Darby (Pablo Fanque), Britain's first black circus entrepreneur, and the impact of African-American servicemen in World War II and beyond was discussed.
Lord Bird also met up with Big Issue vendor Jim outside Thorns.
All Things Norfolk has teamed up with Norwich publisher Paul Dickson Books to give you a chance of winning a copy of Tell me about the Farm Grandad, a 1960's Norfolk childhood by Aylsham resident Janet Collingsworth
Born in the late 1950s, Janet grew up in Norwich with her Mum and Dad and younger sister Wendy. In her delightful memoir enjoy the happy times spent with Grandparents in Corpusty exploring the village, learning about the natural world, popping into the village shops and post office, meeting village characters and a whole array of Great Aunts and Uncles, who were always good for half-a-crown or a bag of sweets.
There are summer holiday adventures the length and breadth of Great Britain, days out to Yarmouth, picnics in Chapelfield Gardens, rounded off with chocolate misshapes from Caley Mackintosh, plus a memorable school trip to Belgium and the mysteries of the 11 Plus.
The Lighter Side of the Lockdown is a collection of poems written by four friends, all self isolating during the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic and published by Paul Dickson Books who are members of All Things Norfolk.
Vee Pond was the first to start writing, to help lift her spirits during the lockdown. She posted her poems on Facebook, aiming to put a smile on the faces of her followers. Her poems inspired three of her friends, Linda Marie Augood, Kathryn Bryant and Carol Saunders to start writing as well.
The poems give a lighter view of living in the lockdown, as the writers overcome their domestic frustations and the day to day lockdown routine. But they also pay tribute to our front line workers who have kept the country going. The last poem in the booklet particularly pays tribute to our NHS heroes. There's also a poem about Captain, now Colonel Tom Moore and his fantastic NHS fundraising success.
On The Edge, the debut mystery novel by retired Norfolk GP, Tony Ashman, was launched at Jarrolds book department Norwich on Thursday, November 1. The launch included a live performance of Lady Will You Be My Friend? by Norwich musician, Nathaniel Laker. The song features in the book and has been brought to life by Nathaniel.
On The Edge, price £9.00, is published by Norwich based, Paul Dickson Books. The book is set in the Lake District and Scotland and features five main characters whose lives are all 'on the edge'. Psychologist Alice is struggling to keep herself together after the year from hell. Circus performer Bonny is already falling apart. Private investigator Sammy is drinking himself to death. Guitarist Angus is nearing the end of the road and prisoner Harry is already there.
Tony Ashman's song, Lady Will You Be My Friend? Has been recorded by Nathaniel Laker from Norwich band The Visitors. The track will be released in November.
Tony worked for nearly 30 years at Brundall Medical Centre, near Norwich. He will be donating his proceeds from the sale of the book towards the purchase of much-needed equipment for the surgery.