WRITER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF ILLUSTRATED BOOKS
Q: What do you do and where do you live?
A: I do two jobs: I write books and articles on subjects like race, Shakespeare, sports, etc. I also conceive and design coffee table books. I live in Portobello.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: Two things: an article on ancestry DNA testing. I had mine done, and found out I am a mix of African (65%), East Asian (28%) and European (7%), although to look at me, you’d think I was just black. DNA science is amazing stuff. Secondly, I am working on an illustrated book called ‘Lost Art’, about all the famous artworks that had been lost, stolen or destroyed through the ages.
Q: Where are you working from?
A: A small corner of my studio flat at home. I find it tricky working in the place where I live, especially one room, so for a change in the afternoon I move to a quiet local café with Wi-Fi.
Q: What time did you start today, and what time will you finish?
A: 7am to 7pm, with 2 hours break in between.
Q: What have you eaten today?
A: Plenty, I’ve got a big engine to fuel. Muesli with blueberries and yoghurt, steamed vegetables, omelette, grilled chicken, brown toast, soup, a handful of almonds and some cheese. So far.
Q: What are you doing later?
A: Going to my girlfriend’s flat for more food, plus wine and conversation. The best pastime these days. No more clubs or loud bars for me. Age has tamed, and hopefully matured my ass like a fine wine.
Q: What is it like to be creative in your city?
A: Hard, for sure. So many people doing art now, it’s crazy. There are more artists in London than cars right now, or so it seems. I think London still produces world-class creatives, but the town sucks at execution. Better to learn the craft in London, but go abroad to make it.
Q: What does it mean to you to be an artist?
A: It’s a privilege to be able to make the imagination manifest, and for others to dig it, and maybe pay too. Wow.
Q: What will your day look like when you’re 70?
A:Hopefully I’ll be living by the ocean, somewhere warm, and working half days, cooking and drinking and talking to my partner the rest of the time. I’ll be happy if my son is still talking to me, friends come to visit, and if I get an email every now again about one of my books.