Wednesday, 18 April 2012


On 26th March it was the 70th anniversary of the first women's transport to Auschwitz/Birkenau. Heather Dune Macadam, author of the wonderfully moving Rena's Promise (, please check it out and buy a copy if you haven't read it) made a pilgrimage to Auschwitz as part of the commemoration, as well as organised international vigils to mark the day. Her partner Simon Worrall (also check out his work both as a journalist and author, accompanied her and gave a moving reading at the barbed wire fence. They took a wreath from here and hung it on the fence, it was full of seed heads which we all hope might just scatter some seeds that could germinate there and provide some beauty in such sadness.

And with the wonderful news of Aung San Suu Kyi's return to some kind of position in her homeland, Stephen Hopkins sent me a reminder of his time on the plinth in trafalgar square when he took flowers from here in the Burmese national colours and threw them down from the plinth.

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