Author Archives: Anna

About Anna

Writer, performer and broadcaster.

Cat conversation on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour leadership contest

“Waddya think of this leadership contest?” “It don’t half exposes the contradictions in the bourgeois democracy.” “Ya reckon?” “Just a bit!” “They really don’t want the one with the beard to win, do they?” “The one with the eyelashes fancies … Continue reading

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Poem for Jeremy Corbyn: Labour Pains

No slouching towards Westminster by JC.  Here’s my poem about the current welcome rush to the heart and head. I guess that makes me a Poet for Jeremy Corbyn. LABOUR PAINS We snapped on a light and in the glare … Continue reading

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Chopsticks At Dawn on BBC Radio 4 Extra 2nd July

My programme, Chopsticks At Dawn, about chinoiserie clichés in music, is repeated tomorrow BBC Radio 4 Extra & iPlayer. It’s on four times: 6:30; 13:30; 20:30 and again the next morning at 06:30, so no excuses. First broadcast 2010 on … Continue reading

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Don’t let Disney whitewash Mulan

This is modern identity theft on a grand scale. All those east Asian girls in the West already rendered invisible being denied their greatest positive role model in the popular culture. Please sign the petition. Thank you.

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The Great Wall at Mutianyu: Anna and Paul in China

Another movie from the China trip last month. The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, an hour and a bit drive north of Beijing, which is not only less touristy but has the advantage of a chair lift so you … Continue reading

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The Forbidden City video: Anna and Paul in China

In China for the Bookworm Literary Festival and only a day left in this astonishing city of 30 million, so what to do? You can’t visit Beijing and not see the old quarter, the hutongs, Tiananmen Square and, of course, … Continue reading

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