My day begins at 10am at The Riverside Rooms where there’s an artist in residence get together: artists such as Oliver Coates, Gauri Tripathi David Buckland and David Dunkley . We get together with Jude Kelly the artistic director and discuss art. It’s an open space and a great start to the week. What did I learn? Lots but Oliver Coates spoke about how great pieces of art were often beings in themselves and their creation an act of celebration and rebellion.
Noon approaches. What was to be a 2pm visit to Royal Society is now a 3pm visit. So I’m on my bike skipping across the Thames to Pall Mall to meet Becky Shaw the artist inresident liason and David Dunkley at The Royal Society: an incredible place. It’s a privelige to be given a tour of this place established by King Charles 2nd the Royal Society records the making of history from Isaac Newton to Damien Hirst and the Beagle. But time passes and as we finish it is clear that I won’t get back to the Southbank to see more history in the making.
A series of actors and musicians are working through a script in development written by the Kwame Kwei Armah and directed by Jude Kelly at The Southbank centre. It’s all about Bob. Bob Marley. I’m a diehard fan of Marley: His quote graces my book Rebel Without Applause. I had read two Marley autobiographies by the time I was eighteen.
I was flabbergasted when at twenty nine years of age I found my late father in Ethiopia whom I had been searching for him since finding my mother at twenty one and there in the photograph (dated early seventies/late sixties upon the finger of his right hand the exact same ring Bob Marley wore upon his: The Lion of Judah in gold set in blackOnyx.