Friday, 18 November 2016

zero one, zero two

by Amanda Baker

The Japanese went off sex, England was obliterated by fracking-induced nuclear accidents. Russia suffered as massive amounts of carbon dioxide escaped from a thawing tundra. Long frozen, melting carcasses added anthrax to the problem. Africa became desert, the Amazon basin, a rotting swamp of dying trees. Australia burned for two decades. After the cannibalism came the culling. After the pandemics came the land collapses. Eventually there were too few humans left. A handful of mixed race people survived the visiting and re-visiting circus of plagues that followed the endless wars and 21st century global conflicts. The remaining people, diminished by environmental catastrophes and mutated diseases, battled for survival but the planet became a hostile place for humans. Now a 200-year-old woman is hurtling across space, with a precious cargo, at the mercy of technology she does not understand.

Amanda Baker lives in Edinburgh and is an author and poet (shortlisted in the 2011 Bridport International Poetry Prize). She is also a blogger @ brown girl outside the ring and a comedy/spoken word artiste who has performed in many venues, from the back rooms of pubs to The Sage in Gateshead. She has also appeared at many UK festivals and was a national stand-up comedy finalist. Amanda has written novels for adults including The Companion Contract, she’s had micro-horror published online and her futuristic short story The Remainder was published by Iron Press and also appears in full in her comedy sortofautobiography Maybe I'm not a Pigeon. Amanda’s adventure books for junior school children appear under pseudonym Adnam Arekab, see Eleanor & the Dragons of Death [Writers Digest 4*]. Plus, Amanda’s first picture book for young children Ella & the Knot Fairies which she also illustrated, was released in Sept 2016. Her epic environmental poetry story Casey and the Surfmen, read by her and featured in this novella, is available to listen to in full from bandcamp.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Ella & the Knot Fairies 

is a whimsical picture story in verse for young children. The tale is woven from maternal love, daughters and hair. 

This story of mixed race magic was almost lost for a decade and a half in the author’s old files.  Earlier this year it appeared as an online story attracting over 200,000 views in just a couple of weeks.

So it is now available as a beautiful real book (or e-book) with original, simple and captivating hand drawn illustrations at -

Get a copy for your little reader.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Mixed Race Irish Research Participants Wanted !

Research Participants needed in Ireland!

The aim of this research is to try and obtain a better understanding of the everyday, lived experiences of the white Irish mother and her mixed ‘race’ (i.e. black African/white Irish) children.

It is hoped that this information will help increase our understanding of what it is like to be a member of a multiracial family in Ireland today.  

For the purposes of the study, I would also like to interview any mixed ‘race’ Irish adults that may be interested in getting in touch!

If you have any questions, or would like to find out more about the study, please feel free to contact me, Patti O’Malley, University of Limerick at


Saturday, 8 August 2015

Book of the Week!!

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"The incredible story of the ultimate historical hustle, based on the true story of Mary Wilcox" (publisher blurb). We're completely smitten by this part-fictionalised biography of a quick thinking (mixed race), working class young woman who survives by adopting the disguise of the mysterious Princess Caraboo. A gripping, startling read which takes a unique peek into the workings of early nineteenth century Britain with its class system, its economic injustices, its imperial 'exoticisation' of foreign lands, its misogyny and its dubious-and racist-'new' sciences (e.g.: early phrenology). 'A well-told, quick moving story that once again reminds readers that black people were part of British society long before the Windrush sailed in!' (Patrice, Author & Parent, LL reviewer). [nb: trigger warning- this novel opens with a description of a rape, the repercussions of which are very sensitively handled]. Age 13+ Paperback 270pp

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Friday, 7 August 2015

Mixed Streets -Online Retailer

Mixed Streets
Mixed Streets is an online retailer of carefully sourced products for mixed race children. These include, hair & skin products, toys and books. Our product ranges are suitable for babies up to children of approx. 12yrs.

Company was launched in December 2014 by John & Liz (husband & wife). After the birth of our son in 2009 we realised there was a lack of toys & books that depicted mixed heritage. All the baby books showed families where either both parents were white or both black. None represented our family. None of the stories showed a pirate or a superhero that was mixed race or a princess that didn’t have straight yellow hair! I just wanted to find regular, fun stories where my children could relate to the characters. The same applied to toys.

As my children’s hair grew I quickly realised that it had its own life and the regular baby shampoo that you receive in your free baby pack when you are pregnant wasn’t going to cut it! I started to look for products and again realised that the products were not regular ones you could buy on the high street but you had to search online and wait a very long time for them to be delivered from the US!

Our aim is to make all of these products easily accessible from the moment you search on our site to the moment your order arrives at your door. Once you order from us it will be with you within 1-2 working days if in stock. We are constantly searching for new products lines so watch this space…..