Lily and the baby that is the colour of love

Ruth HartleyAfrica, Displacement, Human rights, identity, Migration, Race, Racism, Songs, Storytelling, The Love and Wisdom Crimes, Writing1 Comment

That song about Lily, the pretty migrant from Djibouti Once again on Tuesday evening, the Krama Singers rehearsed the Pierre Perret 1977 protest song about Lily, who came to France in a ship full of immigrants ready to collect garbage in Paris. It’s a song I’ve grown to love as I’ve grown to love France – though I also see […]

All the world’s a wedding

Ruth HartleyMarriage13 Comments

What is a Marriage? Marriage- a formal agreement between two people – the ceremony in which this agreement is made – the state of being married. Wedding – a marriage ceremony. Women and men are equal in law and in marriage. “Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time,  […]

The Tin Heart Gold Mine

Ruth HartleyAfrica, Art, Politics, The Tin Heart Gold Mine, Truth, Writing2 Comments

I am delighted to tell you about my latest book! The Tin Heart Gold Mine is the story of Lara, a young and gifted wildlife artist. She lives and works in Chambeshi, a fictional African country whose increasing destabilisation by the Cold War results in riots and a coup attempt. Success has come early for Lara but she is not […]