Speaking to Radio Africana about The Spirit of Malawi

I spent a very pleasant hour this morning recording an interview for Radio Africana with one of their top presenters Allan Mankind Banda for his Saturday show (5pm start). My good friend Yonah Mtemba joined me to talk about my book The Spirit of Malawi, which is available at all good online booksellers, including Amazon. […]

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My case of COVID vaccine envy

I have a confession to make. I have a bad dose of COVID vaccine envy. Sitting here on my grey sofa, my permanent perch since 23 March 2020, I get a sinking feeling every time I log on to social media. Friends younger than me, but who live in more rural parts of Scotland – […]

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The Spirit of Malawi

Just as Scotland is much more than bearded men in kilts playing the bagpipes against the backdrop of a Highland loch, so Malawi is far more complex than the stereotypical images beloved of well-meaning charities.

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The power of books here in Malawi

Burton Chirwa leaned forward, eyes ablaze. “You have to read, read a lot, before you can write.” He sat back a little. “I read a lot, and I write. So far, I have written five short stories. So that is my advice to anyone who wants to be a writer. Read a lot.” Burton is […]

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The soul of Malawi: The Temptations live

“This is the first time a famous pop group from the USA has ever played in Malawi,” the MC told us earlier. It appears global rock stars are not in the habit of adding Malawi to their tour schedule, unless, of course, they are looking for an instant family to adopt.

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