Am I going to let this stand? An open letter to Zainab Akhtar of Shortbox comics.

Am I going to let this stand? No, I am not going to let this stand.  Zainab Akthar of Shortbox comics called me a “shitty racist white woman” and accused me of “white feminism” to her 14k followers on twitter. Defamatory Sundays, eh? It’s such fun isn’t it, calling people names on Twitter? Full of glee all the followers go “Ooh” they say “she’s a shitty white feminist!” Then they feel smug and proud of themselves because they are all on the same side, the right side and she is on the wrong side that shitty white racist feminist. People…

Dedicated to all the others: a play.

Uma tradução deste blog será publicada na próxima semana. Obrigada a Carol de Assis. It’s odd that it took a trip to the theatre for me to really notice her. After all, she’s been hanging around, my little inky friend, for five years. There I sat at the back of a theatre just beneath the booth, 6,000 miles from my home and a little nervous because I’d agreed to this but suspected I might not like it. No, really, I’m serious. It’s not about ego; Una is my baby and though I’ve shared her with the world she is precious…

Run for your life

Update alert! I’ll be running for charity on July 14th. Leeds Women’s Aid. It’s just a Fun Run (5k) but it’s my first ever race and I’d like you to sponsor me if you can, or share this post with someone who might. Here’s my GoFundMe. Let me know if you want me to run backwards, or dressed as a parakeet or whatever, I’ll do anything if it raises more money (Almost). Anyway, read my blog post below. It’s a good one. Watching the London marathon and all those amazing over achievers made me want to write about my own…

São Paulo, Brazil: A play called Una

I get lots of contacts through this website from readers. I try to reply to them all, though it can take while to find the time to write a meaningful response. So… last December a comment appeared on the Becoming Unbecoming page that led to a long and interesting correspondence: “Hi Una! I’m a brazilian girl, and I admire you so much, and your work too. Well, me and 13 another girls (and 3 boys) made a play, a theater play inspirated in your book, and it’s our dream to show it to you. 500+ persons have seen this play,…