Tomorrow – June 2: Double page feature in The Portsmouth News tomorrow about Ruth Barnett who came to England as a child refugee from Nazi Germany and grew up with foster parents on a farm near Petersfield, Hampshire. There are many fascinating passages about farm life in her autobiography PERSON OF NO NATIONALITY. It is a powerful evocation of post-war England So I am really glad the News has picked it up.
Also tomorrow, Bernard Kops play Harry and the Angels is on BBC Radio 4 at 2.15pm. I was lucky enough to see the first scenes of the play being recorded at Broadcasting House a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to hear it all. It is a moving story about death, love and friendship in the East End. I was most impressed that the sound recordist went to Hackney Marshes to make sure the background noise of the wind in a kiteflying scene captured the real thing. Meanwhile Bernard is keen to update his book Neither Your Honey Your Sting – an offbeat history of the Jews. An illustrator is working up some new designs for illustrations and Bernard intends some new material for the book – first published in 1985.