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 box set of Peter Sargent's "Moments in Time". Peter is a writer of historical books in East Anglia and the boxset consists of three of his local bestselling titles :
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.