Maya by Cheryl Diane Parkinson

Lonesome October Lit

I am Maya. At least, that is the name Momma gave me, even though she called me Saly. Just like Marie is Grace, Daniel is Jason and Jessica is Rosie.

Our names are ours… unless of course they are not.

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You the Many, We the Few.

Please read my latest publication in Gendered Voices magazine. This is a link to the online version. There’s a small picture on the front page, a short biography on page 4 and my story starts on page 37 🙂 Hope you enjoy it.

We need to talk about Diane Abbott. Now. (EXPLICIT CONTENT)

Powerful, humbling stuff. I had no.idea of her achievements or the abuse this brave woman withstands everyday. Her inner strength is… unbelievable.

Jack Monroe

This is not a recipe. I wrote this as a series of tweets today and readers asked for it as a blog post, so here it is. Our politics may differ, so feel free to skip straight back to the recipes if that’s what you’re here for.


Right one of us political writer people needs to do this and it looks like it’s me. Grab a seat. I wanna talk about Diane.
Diane was first elected as an MP in 1987, the year before I was born. She has been dedicated to serving the British public for longer than I have even been alive. Hold that thought. Understand it.
Diane was the first black woman to have a seat in the House of Commons. She MADE HISTORY. Her father was welder, her mother a nurse. How many working class kids do we have…

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